Learn why formative assessments should be included in online teaching and how to use them to improve your course.
Assessments are your primary means of gathering information about your learners’ progression as they master the knowledge and skills you aim to teach. While there is a range of types of assessments, we are going to focus on the difference between two common types: formative and summative.
Formative assessments provide you with information about the learning process itself. These are the kinds of assessments you use to understand whether an activity or a material is helping learners master a discrete topic in the course. These are “just in time” as they tend to be applied in scenarios where learners present or demonstrate their learning before a major summative assessment. Alternatively, summative assessments tend to be implemented after the learning process, and evaluate whether learners successfully achieved the course learning objectives.
|Formative Assessments||Summative Assessments|
|Presentation or demonstration
Observation of in-class activities
Feedback from students
Juli Charkes, writing for Faculty Focus, identifies the following general benefits of using formative assessments in your course.¹
How students approach the content and how you approach it will differ due to the amount of exposure and unique backgrounds you both have. Becoming aware of those differences requires designing opportunities for those differences.
By capturing the learner’s perspective, you are inviting them to take an active role in guiding how the learning process should go. Prompting them to reflect on their journey of making sense of the new information related to prior knowledge has numerous benefits for mastering the content.
In an online setting, providing opportunities for formative assessment requires intentional design. As you noticed, some formative assessment only happens in the classroom. However, by deploying Canvas-integrated teaching technology and creating online-focused formative activities, you can still benefit learners and yourself.
¹ Charkes, Juli S. “Harnessing the Student Voice: Why Student-centered Teaching and Learning Starts with Formative Assessment.” Last modified July 13, 2022. Faculty Focus Website
Last week, we covered what cognitive load is and how applying some principles to your course can make learning easier. In this recording, you will learn what principles to apply to your learning activities, the presentation of learning materials, and how you can make your teaching more effective.
This 30-minute video has chapters in Kaltura, so feel free to navigate through the video based on the topics you see.
Originally recorded on November 2nd, 2022.
Did you know that you can use Kaltura outside of Canvas? In this session, learn about Kaltura Mediaspace and how it can facilitate collaboration and organization of your media. Facilitated by Gray Jackson, Learning Technology Specialist. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24-48 hours before the day of the event.
This workshop will provide an overview of creating a non-credit course by modifying your pre-existing for-credit content. We will discuss the course development process and fee structure, as well as our available support services, such as instructional design, graphic design, and video creation. This workshop is open to all instructors, whether you have taught online before or not. Facilitated by Lori Kinley, Ph.D., Associate Director of Clemson Online. A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants 24-48 hours before the day of the event.
Review Clemson Online’s Calendar of Events page to look at the rest of the development events we are offering in Fall 2022.
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