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Date: Tue Feb 01 2005 - 12:54:55 EST

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Good morning, afternoon, and evening to you all.  
So sorry to be off the airways:  Boston has been in a state of inertia
for over a week, so it's been slow going getting back on track.  I
remember the Blizzard of '78, but I feel like that was just a dusting
compared to the nearly 3 feet that fell here last weekend.  Thanks to
those of you who sent me lovely pictures of warm and sunny scenes!
I wanted to follow on the footsteps of David Rosen's announcement of our
Adult Education Wiki:
I encourage you to go and check it out.  There is an assessment section
(number 6 I believe), and you will see that there are just a few things
there so far:  an assessment glossary of terms; basic information on
commercial tests; a section of choosing the right tool - which comes
from our list discussion here from a week ago or so - both what I had
written plus what Peggy Mcguire added; and a biblio section that I
haven't put anything into yet, but I have a bunch of stuff for that
Directions for using the wiki are on the homepage - it is pretty
straight-forward.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to
contact me or email the list.
For me the most important point about the wiki is that it truly attempts
to allow the construction of information based on as broad a group as
possible - not something that many other tools can say they do.  Most of
the time, stuff is developed by one person, a small group, a leading
'institution', etc.  Rarely do we have the opportunity to construct
something as a huge group.  There are a few examples of this right
within our own profession:  Equipped for the Future determined what
adult students need to know and be able to do by surveying a very large
number of adult learners (tens of thousands, I believe, but somebody
correct me if I'm wrong).  That's pretty darn inclusive given the task.

So I invite you to help develop the resources and information that are
at the wiki now, and I encourage you to add pieces that need to be
there.  I'm excited by the possibility that we could in fact arrive at
common terminology for discussion, expand our ideas for good assessment,
and have a homebase where everyone knows they can go to get the basics,
the facts, the right info - and you will know that it has come from you.

marie cora
Moderator, NIFL Assessment Discussion List, and 
Coordinator/Developer LINCS Assessment Special Collection at

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