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Align Assessmentsss or Assessment Methods
« on: May 05, 2017, 12:39:10 PM »
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I am somewhat concerned with several rather subjective statements that appear in this article, which I will list below, and then motivate an alternative objective approach:

"What we want students to learn and be able to do ..."

"... focusing their efforts on learning what we believe is important."
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Firstly, we should be student/learner-focused, depending on the various learning styles they exhibit or prefer - or we risk frustrating them and putting them at a distinct disadvantage. This goes for both learning content, mode/medium, and assessment type/methodology.

Secondly, at a generic level, what learners need to learn is prescribed by the department or organisation - not ourselves.

Thirdly, what they need to learn is governed by Unit Standards, enterprise standards, legislation, and other specific guidelines - not our's.

We need to shift from a me/teacher/facilitator/guru-focus to a student/learner-focus

What our target audience should be learning, are complementary skills and supplementary knowledge that they need to progress to either the next level of learning or apply in their respective working environments.

This means first of all assessing and determining each candidate's baseline entry skill and knowledge levels. This will ensure that you do not bore them with inputs they are already familiar with or have previously mastered. It will also ensure their buy-in and undivided attention, as your inputs will link to their prior understanding, and take them forward into new and relevant areas.

The same principles should apply when assessing their competence and mastery, so that we offer a seamless entry-to-end approach and process that is congruent with this methodology.

Thank you for presenting the revised Bloom Taxonomy, as this serves as a useful guideline when generating appropriate items :-*.
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Re: Align Assessments or Assessment Methods
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2017, 12:49:19 PM »
Sorry about the extra sss in my earlier subject line!

 

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