•20 Jul 2020, 11:39•Edited by the author on 20 Jul 2020, 11:39
Important message about Assessment
On this course, the assessment requires you to answer questions in a quiz. This is a different sort of assessment from a conventional test! We suggest that you look at all the questions before committing to an answer. Make a note of the ones you are not sure about and then go back to the content and look for the answers. This is not about rote learning, and you are not expected to recall all the information. The quiz questions have been designed to emphasise the main learning points, so you will benefit from re-visiting the material. Good luck!
I am a colleague of Kris' and part of the TESSA team with international experience of teaching, teacher educator training and OER writing.
For me, linking curriculum to learners lives is one of the joys of teaching. When we get to know learners and their lives it enriches us and makes our teaching more creative and less text book dependent. You will find lots of TESS OER about using local resources and you will have your own examples from markets to road signs to local stories. It is about a hook to engage learners.
Hi Matthew. This is a really good question and the way the curriculum is presented sometimes makes this difficult. I am a science teacher and I have come to realise that science is all around us - there is nearly always some real life example or application that is relevant. Working with colleagues to identify and discuss examples can help you think of things that might be relevant.
One way of doing this is to provide students with problem solving questions and assignment which involves discovery learning. This way the students will have to go out into the society to find things out by themselves. Or a simple modelling of democracy in the classroom through voting for the class representative would be the best way to show students the principle of democracy. Its affordances and drawbacks.
Re-visiting study materials is quite helpful. It makes you master the content as if its natural, eventually. Though time-consuming, it is very beneficial; may be why the information stays longer with the learner than with rote learning.
The learners are engaged further through use of technology where they have to navigate through so that they can access the materials. This apart from the reading and general aspects of learning ,the use of technology is another route that has been used to involve the learners.
How can assessment students using essays online without bringing them together at a central venue. We are doing the quizzes quite well. Can the same method be used for essays or questions requiring higher order thinking?
Good question Ignatious. With online assessment, it is often down to the IT systems that are in place. At the OU we have a secure system through which students submit essays, we mark them and send them back. We also use software designed to find plagiarism by comparing the essays with materials available on the internet. In teacher education, by asking students to write about their own practical experiences we find that it is difficult for them to cheat.
Thank you very much for your response. This has clarified an issue that has been bothering me. In addition the idea of setting questions that draw on students practical experience is key to worries about cheating. In fact it is in line with our New Competence-Based Curriculum. Thank you once again, Kris!
Very important message. I am pleased to note that this is not about memorising but understanding for the purpose of application. I have learnt something about what I can also do with my students in assessment. Thank you!