Effective assessment that benefit your teaching

Assessment are indispensible in education. During the class, questions asked, students answer, teachers adjust. After class, homework assigned, students finish, teachers grade. The traditional procedure of assessment has been what it is for a long time and being taken for granted. But now, with moderm technology, we are ready for a more effective way of assessment.

Effective assessment during the class

During the class, teachers usually conduct learning probes to see how well students master the knowledge, which is helpful for teachers to set the pace of lesson. Learning probes, as a form of assessment, usually contains several questions that require a brief answer, so in a traditional classroom, only a few students will have the chance to be asked on these questions. With a digital response system, every student will be assessed and the take into account.

The most obvious advantage of the real time response system is immediate and comprehensive feedback with intuitive visualization. Students can response without stress and embrassemt and thus teachers are able to know the of the progress of the whole class.

There are even more ways to make use of the immediate response system. For example, Eric Mazur, a Harvard physics professor, utilize the system for peer instruction. If 30-70% of the studentsvote for the wrong answer, he will call for a discussion and ask students to convince their neighbors. During the discussion, students will find out the right answer and teacher are able to figure out where they need to further clarify. Such a "teach-test-peer instruction-clarify cycle" enables an effective lesson with high student engagement.

Effective assessment after the class

The majority of assessment activity are done after class when the students do the homework and the teacher grade and give feedback. How can we make the assessment more effective? Here are two advice.

  1. Objective feedback

A subjective grades is usually what a student will get after they submit their homework. It is the most intuitive and straightforward form of feedback. But researchers sugggest that subjective grades may fail to give a true picture of their mastery. It is suggested that teachers give objective feedback, including corrective instruction and emotional support.

  • Corrective instruction

Grading is not the end of the assessment. Corrective instruction should be given to guide the students in order to remedy learning errors and improve. Teachers need to present the weak part in new ways to deepen their understanding and double check their mastery.

  • Emotional support

Students can be greatly motivated if they get a positive response after the hard work. This kind of positive reinforcement will foster their interest in learning and reviewing and lead to better performance in the future. To provide emotional support, teachers should focus more on their effort and progress rather than simply saying "smart". You may also refere to our blog "3 incentives to motivate students" to get some idea.

fantasktic can not only reduce teachers' workload greatly, but also provide corrective instructions through our AI algorithm. We also keep track of students' progress and give out suggestions for teachers to praise their students more effectively.

  1. Second chance

The traditional way of homework usually gives students only one chance. Now with digitalized homework, they could be allowed to have multiple attempts. One advantage of multiple attempts is that it helps to reduce the stress and boost confidence for some students. It's also a perfect chance to consolidate knowledge, as they can have immediate feedback and remedy the gaps. Although many teachers believe that students should take every homework as a real exam which only have one attempt, it is important for students to have a solid foundation before facing the real exam. And a second chance is more useful in many circumstances for building the foundation and confidence.

Fan{task}tic is digital homework platform that could simplify the assessment process and provide detailed analysis for students and teachers' reference. With the most up-to-date AI technology, we hope our service can reform the way of assessment at school and make teaching and learning more effective!