In the current COVID-19 situation, teachers from universities and schools around the globe will continue delivering their courses online during the Summer term and most of them will do so in the Fall Semester as well. Even after they uploaded vast amounts of course materials online and went through with remote teaching for weeks, one question still remains in teachers' minds: how are we going to assess our students this semester?
With FeedbackFruits tool suite you can have many opportunities to assess your students, either following the Programmatic Assessment model or by using tools on an individual level. All our tools (except Discussion and Comprehension) have the possibility to be graded, thus, be converted into a summative assignment.
Let's look at our tools closely.
1 - Interactive Presentation
Interactive Presentation is very convenient to assess students in a quiz format. This tool allows teachers to have synchronous quizzes with their students and monitor their progress and results. I can be done in two different ways. On one hand, teachers can upload their presentations and create multiple-choice or open questions between the slides to assess the students on what is being explained. On the other hand, teachers can also create just question slides, so it becomes a real-time, visual quiz with everything that a presentation can provide.
The highlight of this tool is that the teacher can control who is attending the presentation, the time students have to answer the questions, and the possibility to see the results in real-time. Additionally, the teacher can control until when the quiz can be completed. In order to grade students, the teacher can assign a weighting for each question, just like in an offline traditional test.
2 - Interactive Study Materials
Other useful tools for assessing students are Interactive Document, Video, and Audio. These tools enable the teacher to add questions into course materials in order to assess students’ learning. These questions could be either multiple-choice or open, in case you want your students to submit more elaborate responses. You can also block some questions by using the 'lock' feature. By doing so, you make sure that students answer your questions before continuing to read or watching the content. Moreover, students can even ask questions in those parts that are more confusing for them.
Finally, the teacher will be able to see the response rate and get an overview of what topics need further explanation in the next lecture. The grading is flexible as well, thus, the teacher can decide what value to attribute to each part of the assessment. Just like in Interactive Presentation, the teacher will be able to indicate when this assignment is available to start working on it, and when is the deadline. Interactive Document, Video, and Audio could be used to analyze a business case, a literary piece, or an experiment video.
3 - Skill Review and Group Member Evaluation
With FeedbackFruits students can be also assessed by their teacher as well as their fellow classmates regarding their skills. For instance, this could be the case when grading a project presentation. Skills such as initiative, motivation, participation, teamwork, commitment, engagement, on-time delivery, organization, synthesis, attendance, and many more could be graded via the tools Skill Review and Group Member Evaluation.
The first one would be carried out by the teacher, who would be grading the student from his/her pedagogical perspective. And the second one would be an evaluation given by the students to their team members or other groups. For both tools, the review would be founded on a rubric elaborated by the teacher, which would be composed of different criteria with grading value. In parallel, it is noteworthy that the teacher will be able to see an overview of which criteria are more frequently received and given by their students. This will indicate what are the strengths and weaknesses of the class, and what aspects need reinforcement.
4 - Assignment Review
If none of the above options seem to fit in your course structure or your teaching style, you can always assess your students through our Assignment Review tool. This is a refined and perceptive assignment review resource for teachers to assess and grade students on their projects, essays, reports, etc. Thus, the process follows a very similar thread as the traditional assignment evaluation. The students would submit their assignment (either a document, video, or audio), and the teacher would grade it following a rubric where each criterion has some points attributed to it.
To sharpen the students’ critical thinking, this tool gives the opportunity for students to reflect on the evaluation they received and elaborate on a closing wrap up of all the learning they gained. This part can also be counted for the assessment. Besides, this tool also works for group projects. You can make students hand in projects as groups and grade them together through this flexible and effective tool.
We hope that this blog has inspired you to assess your students making the most out of the FeedbackFruits tool suite. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information or if you need guidance.
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