In my online class, Module 6, eLearning Assessment, discusses Formative, Summative, Holistic, and Analytic methods. Shifting much of the responsibility for assessment to the students insures adherence to constructivism in the learner must think more critically to grade themselves and their peers. Formative assessments (with help from Bloom’s Taxonomy) might take place as follows:
• reflection on the proper use of framing or bracing or other products
• application of products in a building condition using our software
• sharing of knowledge on a team project
• reading and writing assignments
Summative assessments for the in-class training typically involve teams working on a building design project to provide the most cost-efficient building using our products under specific geometry and loading conditions. This summative method brings all the formative assessments (individual and team) together at the end in a low-stress, fun environment.
For my proposed eLearning sessions, I will apply both methods, too. The students must think critically, reflect on what they learn, apply the material in relevant ways, and be able to summarize the topic in their own words. Methods of Assessment would consist of:
• Instructor feedback
• Eliciting evidence of learning
• Peer assessment
• Sharing learning expectations and experience
Will we be able to answer our original question “How do we know that learning has taken place? Behavior has changed” will be easy to check with formative and summative assessments. Until the student/learner gets to apply the new information back on the job, the continuous (formative) and final (summative) assessments will let the student and instructor know if the teaching/learning has been effective.
During this entire eLearning opportunity, we have been developing our own module. Mine is on Varco Pruden’s Primary Framing, one of the key components of our buildings. Learning, doing, learning some more, doing even more while critically thinking along the way, will lead us to a successful module, but even more, make us more effective instructors.