Join Aaron Quigley for an in-depth discussion in this video Assessing student learning, part of Teaching with Lynda.com.
- [Voiceover] Now that Aaron has talked about holding students accountable, I'd like to look at methods for assessing student learning within the Lynda.com system. So the first method is the notebook tool. So within every Lynda.com course, there's a tool running in the background called the notebook, the tab up here at the top of the screen. At any time, a student can type notes about the videos they're watching and it will save those notes permanently as a part of their course. So for instance, on this video for SAT prep, I could say, Skipping is better than getting it wrong.
And as you can see, it saved my note with the time code, so I can jump right back to that video. How this relates to assessment, is that you can have students take notes as a part of their homework for a course. it could then download their notes and hand them in as an assignment. So to do that, you notice in my notebook area, if I click the icon that says Export, there's a bunch of different export options. So you export as Microsoft Word, a PDF, a text file, even a Google Doc, or to Evernote. So you can make note-taking an integral part of your assessment.
Another form of assessment is having students customize the Exercise Files built into almost all courses. To give you an example, here in the SAT prep course, under Downloads students can download a prep package. These are the Exercise Files that a student can use to follow along with the author during the course. What you could do as a homework assignment is have students customize some of those Exercise Files, and not just follow along with the author, but move beyond what the author is doing, elaborate in some way. The third form of assessment is the integrated assessment questions in many Lynda.com courses.
So back here at the SAT prep course, if I looked in the course contents, you may notice at the beginning of the course there's a link called What you already know. This is a pre-test for this course. Let's go all the way to the bottom, there's the link called What did you learn. And this is actually a post-test. To give you some examples, for another course, this is an example of the midpoint of a quiz for a course, you can see this is question 12 of 22. The student can move through this quiz and get a final score that would look something like this.
In this case, you'd probably have the student take it again. As a form of assessment, you could give students a minimum threshold they need to pass and then take a screen-shot of this entire screen and hand that in as their homework assignment. And a final form of assessment is assessment questions created by you. It can be pretty powerful to create your own assessment questions that build on the course material but also link them in some way to the contextual aspects of your class. Keep in mind that assessment questions should really be trying to get to the heart of each of the videos, not just talking about facts and concepts.
So that's four different types of assessment you can use to help your students learn with their Lynda.com courses.
Use the knowledge checks and Lynda.com's built-in note-taking tool to practice what you've learned and remember ideas for your own teaching practice.
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