1.e. Smartphones and Flipped-Assessment

Can student controlled smartphone assessment modalities support creative skill development, efficacy, and metacognition in dance? Traditional classrooms are controlled and moderated by the teacher and students seldom make decisions about their own learning. Using freeware applications on their smartphones, however, dance students can collaboratively discuss, create, and evaluate dance. By defining key learning outcomes aligned with student’s long-term goals, students move past initial quick solutions to more informed, thorough ones (Parrish 2016). 

In my coursework, I use smartphone technology to reform traditional evaluative methods and construct “flipped” assessments which are created by students, for students, serving to prepare students for making critical judgments and decisions on their own. In the process of “flipping” assessment students talk through a problem, learn to visualize relationships between existing knowledge, identify what they are interested in, what they already know, and what they need to discover. Quickly, students learn to draw inferences, spend time encoding the terms of a problem, unpack the component parts, postpone conclusions, and as a result, develop awareness about their own thinking and learning process (Parrish, 2017).

List of Research Publications 

Parrish, M. (2017). Flipped Assessment in the Choreographic Process. Dance and the Child International Newsletter, Winter 2017 (December, 10, 2017).

List of Research Presentations

Flipped dance class: Using handheld dance technology

Dance and the Child International Open Space conference  

Provo, Utah. Adjudicated. (July, 2017).

Keynote Address                                     

Flipped dance class technology and assessment

Keynote presentation at the Professional Teachers Conference

Provo Utah. (June, 2017).   

Advocating with our thumbs: BYOD to the dance class

Presenters: Dr. Mila Parrish and Amy Lang Crow

National Dance Education Conference. Focus on Dance Education:

Speaking with Our Feet: Advocating, Analyzing, and Advancing Dance Education.

Arlington, VA. Adjudicated. (Oct, 2016).

Smartphones in the studio: Flipped assessment in the choreographic process:

Session lead: Dr. Mila Parrish with Co-Presenters Emily Enloe, Cathie Kasch, Amy Lang Crowe.     

National Dance Education Conference.

Focus on Dance Education: Engaging in the Artistic Processes:

Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting. Phoenix AZ. Adjudicated. (October, 2015).

Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting.

Session lead: Dr. Mila Parrish with Cathie Kasch, and

Amy Lang and UNCG Graduate Students Jennifer Cheek.

National Dance Education Conference. Focus on Dance Education:

Engaging in the Artistic Processes: Creating, Performing, Responding, Connecting.

Phoenix AZ. Adjudicated. (Oct, 2015).