Join Kevin Kelly for an in-depth discussion in this video Why use technology to assess learning?, part of Teaching with Technology.
- Why should we use technology to assess learning? This chapter will introduce technology strategies that enhance and supplement traditional teaching and learning strategies. Overall, there are quite a few reasons or benefits to consider, but I'll name just a few. Increased feedback, increased flexibility, increased opportunity, and increased ownership. Technology can increase feedback, both quality and quantity that students get on their work. Assign peer review activities for students to get feedback before submitting their work for a grade.
Use discussion forms with a rubric, or blogs or electronic portfolios with comment features. You can also find online tools specifically for peer review, such as the Calibrated Peer Review tool from UCLA Medical School, or Peermark from Turnitin.com. Find intelligent tutors, such as Aleks, to give students guided feedback based on their actions. Technology can increase your flexibility such as how you provide feedback and guidance to your students. Provide feedback in a new way.
Record screencasts of yourself commenting on students' work, as you use tools to call out specific strengths or weaknesses. iPad apps like iAnnotate, or screencast software like Screener make it easy to save your feedback as a short movie. Technology can increase the opportunities for learning assessment. Throughout this course, I have described universal design for learning principles, which include providing multiple avenues for students to show what they know. This means not only strategies like letting them submit assignments in different formats, but also giving them more than one chance to show they understand a concept.
Researchers use triangulation to verify their results, so why can't students use a form of triangulation to verify their learning. Use low-stakes or no-stakes quizzes online for students to see how they're doing before they get to high-stakes exams or projects. Use large question pools so students can practice. Use homework tools with problems generated by algorithms to provide infinite amounts of practice. Technology can increase students' sense of ownership, and personalization. Use electronic portfolios for students to own their learning over time.
Programs and institutions primarily use Eportfolios as student-centered tools. Students use and take the Eportfolio work with them, when at each transition. From Middle school to High school, High school to Higher education, Higher education to Graduate school, or the Workforce, et cetera. Eportfolio learning encourages reflection throughout the assessment process, so students see how what they learn integrates with their academic goals, prior knowledge, and career aspirations. You should consider using technology to assess learning for a number of reasons.
Again, we've just scratched the surface looking at feedback, flexibility, opportunity and ownership. Stay tuned for more benefits throughout this chapter. Before reviewing the next movie in the course, take a minute to answer the following questions for yourself. How can you use technology to increase feedback to each student? To increase flexibility for yourself and your students when it comes to assessment? To increase opportunities in how students assess their learning? And to increase students' sense of ownership, by connecting assessment to their lives and goals?
Author Kevin Kelly explains how learning outcomes can be adapted to support technology in the classroom, and guides educators through selecting the appropriate technology for their activity, module, or class. Then he shows how to apply technology in three key areas: finding, creating, and sharing content with students; facilitating classroom activities; and assessing learning inside the classroom or online.
- Including technology in your learning outcomes
- Applying Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles
- Finding and creating content and instructional materials
- Enhancing lectures and presentations with technology
- Getting students involved
- Facilitating in-class activities
- Assessing learning
- Teaching effectively online