The TELS learning environment (WISE) includes tools for teachers that show student work as they participate in a curriculum module. Students responses to the embedded notes provide a rich measure of their understanding (Linn et al., 2006). In the TELS learning environment, teachers have immediate access to students responses so that they can adapt their teaching practices in real time to address issues. They can also grade students work following their participation and use a tool to electronically send students a message about their progress and what they need to do in order to perform better. A teacher can grade students responses on a given day and send comments to them regarding their work. On the following day, as students log into the module, they will see the message from their teacher.
The Rationale Behind the Feature (Specific Design Principle):
TELS uses technology to support teachers' adaptations is by providing tools that help them to enhance the way that they assess student learning. These tools allow teachers to engage in interactive assessment practices that are more informative for teachers to make adaptations to their teaching practices. When teachers use this functionality it is very motivating for students. During classroom observations, students are overheard marveling at their teachers messages and want to immediately address whatever issue is mentioned. This type of interactive grading encourages teachers to use formative assessment practices and to base adaptations to their teaching practices on students understanding of the content.
Davis and Varma (in press) Linn, M. C., Husic, F., Slotta, J., & Tinker, B. (2006). Technology enhanced learning in science (TELS): Research programs. Educational Technology, 54-68.