on the Learning Record Online Web Site
- The official blog
for news about the Learning Record. You can subscribe to keep
up to date.
- A direct link to download
the Learning Record in text or computer formats.
- Information about the Learning
Record Online provided for students in my classes .
Note to Teachers
- A simple method of "small
multiples" to keep track of student work without using grades,
numbers, or check marks. Plus, instructions on minimal
marking, a sane process for helping students work on sentence
level errors of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
What is the Online Learning Record?
- A brief overview of the Learning
Record Online (LRO) as a system that integrates teaching and learning,
evaluation, and research. The LRO is based on the California Learning
Record/Primary Language Record, a simple, yet powerful model for accounting
for learning in complex systems. It is based on humane but rigorous
and responsible principles of investigation and inquiry. It integrates
evaluation and assessment from the micro level (the development and
achievements of an individual student) to the macro level (the performance
of schools and districts statewide).
of the LRO: Why Use the Learning Record in Writing Classrooms?
- Rhetorical and Pedagogical
Uses of the Learning Record Online.
Beyond the general approval currently enjoyed by portfolio evaluation,
there are important rhetorical and pedagogical purposes for using the
Learning Record model in writing classrooms. Overall, the Learning Record
model engages students in the kinds of activities that foster critical
thinking, foreground connections between writers, rhetoric, purposes,
and audiences, and demonstrate meaningful uses of writing.
of the LR: Origins and development of the Learning Record
- The Learning Record
is based on pioneering efforts of Dr.
Myra Barrs and others in London, England who developed the Primary
Language Record (PLR), and Dr. Mary
Barr and others in California, who expanded the British model for
the California Learning Record (CLR). The LR extends this very successful
model into college-level online teaching and learning environments.
of the Learning Record model.
- The set of core principles that have guided the development and use of the Learning Record, as articulated by Myra Barrs and Mary Barr.
Learning Record (Forms)
- The actual document used
as a framework for the LRO in college-level courses taught in the Computer
Writing and Research Lab in the Division of Rhetoric and Composition
at the University of Texas at Austin and other colleges and universities.
The blank copy here may be saved as a text file and used either online
or in print format. The opening Web page explains
the LRO for students. This is linked to the LRO
to Respond to Learning Records
- Suggestions for commenting
helpfully on Learning Records
Diagram and Timetable
- A schematic diagram of the
parts of the LRO and a sample timetable for their completion.
- An explanation of each section
of the Learning Record Online together with examples drawn from records
of students at the University of Texas.
scales, grades, and moderation readings.
- A substantial section of
the LRO web site that explains the relationship between classroom evaluation
of student progress and achievement using the Learning Record model,
and large-scale assessment. Through moderation readings, pairs of teachers
read learning records and compare the documented evidence of what students
know and can do with developmental scales which describe patterns of
activity typically seen as students pass through stages of literacy
development. Reports on the assessment process demonstrate validity
and reliability of the model for public accountability, even as it
supports diverse teaching methods, classroom activities and student
learning styles. This section also describes the relationship between
the Learning Record and the institutional requirement to provide grades
in typical classes.
Learning Record model compared with other methods of evaluating
- Standardized testing, conventional
grading practices, and portfolio assessment have attempted to address
the need for evaluating student learning and achievement. What makes
the PLR/CLR/LRO model superior to these methods?
- Description of recent research
involving the Learning Record
Learning Record model for professional development of teachers
- Experience has shown that
the Learning Record model has a profound, transformative effect on
the ways that teachers view teaching and learning situations, and on
the dynamics of their relationship with students.
and teachers comment on the Learning Record Online
- Reflections on the use of
the record from teachers and students.
- Listed here are over 70 bibliographic
references for sources of information about the Primary Language Record,
Learning Record, and Online Learning Record