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At its most basic level assess is the process of generating evidence of student learning and making a judgment about the evidence.
synchronized (in terms of time and place)
formalized (in terms of organization and administration)
controlled (in terms of contents and marking).
A more up-to-date form of assessment has emerged in the last decade, which involves the use of computers in the assessment process. ‘E-assessment’ embraces ‘e-testing’ (a form of on-screen testing of knowledge) and ‘e-portfolios’ (a digital repository of assessment evidence normally used to assess practical skills).
In recent years, traditional assessment has been the subject of criticism. The current system is struggling to cope with the demands being placed on it. It was designed to filter students by ability for the purpose of employment or university selection – not mass accreditation of student achievement.
Meanwhile as the Internet evolves and Web 2.0 becomes more prevalent in today’s classrooms the question arises of how we assess these awesome new big ideas in today’s Web 2.0 embedded classroom.
Authentic: involving real-world knowledge and skills.
Personalized: tailored to the knowledge, skills and interests of each student.
Negotiated: agreed between the learner and the teacher.
Engaging: involving the personal interests of the student.
Recognize existing skills: willing to accredit the student’s existing work.
Deep: assessing deep knowledge – not memorisation.
Problem oriented: original tasks requiring genuine problem solving skills.
Collaboratively produced: produced in partnership with fellow students.
Peer and self assessed: involving self reflection and peer review.
So where are you on the continuum?
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