The Importance of Feedback

Feedback from the student to the instructor is just as important to your students’ academic success as your feedback to them. Informal feedback from students, collected via surveys or interpersonal communications, can provide an instructor with insight into student attitudes and their needs regarding learning. To learn more about the importance of real feedback and the feedback collection methods used to make teaching more effective, watch Bill Gates’ TED Talks Education video “Teachers need real feedback“.

3 Online Tools for Formative Assessment

Wall Wisher

Wall Wisher can be used to informally assess student knowledge and promote discussion.

To truly understand how students are learning, and to guide their performance, consider incorporating an array of formative assessments in your course design.  Unlike summative assessments, such as quizzes and tests that gauge a student’s body of knowledge long after instruction has occurred, formative assessments are meant as informal “practice” activities or quick progress checks that occur as a part of a lesson.  Based on learning outcomes, the instructor can use data gathered from the assessment to make quick adaptations to their teaching to support the learning process. Common examples of formative assessments include: pre-tests, polls, surveys, quiz games, and end-of-lesson “exit tickets”.

There are several online tools that instructors can use to create engaging formative assessments that make data collection quick and easy. Here are 3 of the most popular free tools you can use to get started. Continue reading

5 Best Practices for More Effective Online Grading

Because the Grade Center comes equipped with several tools for tracking performance, providing feedback, and communicating with students, it is an ideal tool for streamlining the assessment and online grading process. A well organized and implemented Grade Center can be a powerful tool for supporting student success in the course. To boost the effectiveness of your online grading, we recommend following these 5 best practice tips for using the Grade Center in your courses. Continue reading