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How to Benefit from Meaningful Learning Assessments and Evaluations

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In this Master Class, you will learn how to:
1. Illustrate the importance of using language-based assessment methods
2. Be able to use Rubrics and Outcomes for language-based assessments in a course
3. Be able to use competencies and evidence-based assessments

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How to Benefit from Meaningful Learning Assessments and Evaluations

  1. 1. How to Benefit from Meaningful Assessments & Evaluations
  2. 2. POLL In an interview, which of the following statements is more helpful to you: 1. I completed a safety course. 2. I am competent in using hazardous materials in the workplace. 2
  3. 3. POLL In an interview, which of the following statements is more helpful to you: 1. I got an A in a database design course. 2. I am able to design, build and query a MySQL database. 3
  4. 4. Agenda ● Importance of meaningful assessment methods ● Possible Options: ○ Outcomes ○ Assignment Rubrics ○ Competencies 4
  5. 5. What’s good about grades? ● Universally understood (teachers, students, parents, other institutions) ● Easy 5
  6. 6. What’s lacking with grades? “The 5-letter grading system isn’t necessarily that informative, it generally isn’t very effective, and it certainly isn't educational.” ● Tend to foster a fixed mindset ● Signal the end of learning “I got a C in Science. I’m no good at it.” 6
  7. 7. Growth Mindset ● Dr. Carol Dweck at Mindset Works ● Feedback for learning promotes a Growth Mindset ● Providing a student with feedback about what’s working and what to focus on next provides students with the tools they need to improve 7
  8. 8. Growth Mindset ● Dr. Carol Dweck at Mindset Works ● Feedback for learning promotes a Growth Mindset ● Providing a student with feedback about what’s working and what to focus on next provides students with the tools they need to improve 8
  9. 9. Growth Mindset “When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.” ● Guides learners towards embracing growth ● Teaches students to persevere when things get difficult ● Shows that mistakes are normal when people try hard things 9
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  11. 11. Grades are good and feedback is better ● Use grades because they are universally understood ● Use feedback where and when it is suitable for learners and facilitators ● Try it and test it 11
  12. 12. Practical Application
  13. 13. Practical Application ● Outcomes ● Assignment Rubrics ● Competencies 13
  14. 14. Outcomes
  15. 15. Learning Outcomes ● Statements that describe the knowledge or skills students should acquire by the end of a particular assignment, class, course, or program ● Help students understand why that knowledge and those skills will be useful to them ● Emphasize the application and integration of knowledge 15
  16. 16. Learning Outcomes ● Shape learning and assessment activities and can enhance student engagement and learning ● The context of the learning will always be emphasized 16
  17. 17. Learning Outcomes in Moodle 1. Plan Outcomes and Scales first 2. Choose your scale 3. Add Outcomes 4. Assign Outcomes to Activities 17
  18. 18. Rubrics
  19. 19. What is a Rubric? ● A rubric is a scoring guide that seeks to evaluate a student’s performance based on the sum of a full range of criteria rather than a single numerical score 19
  20. 20. Benefits of Using Rubrics ● Students have explicit guidelines regarding teacher expectations ● Enhances the quality of direct instruction ● Provides direction to grow 20
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  22. 22. Assignment Rubric in Moodle 1. Assignment module 2. Assignment administration>Advanced grading>Define rubric 3. Create Rubric a. Plan in advance, or b. Save as a draft while you work on it c. Publish rubric for use 22
  23. 23. Assignment Rubric ● Lambda Lab: Using Assignment Rubrics ○ Tuesday June 25, 10am PT 23
  24. 24. Competencies
  25. 25. Competencies ● Competency-based training focuses on learning concrete skills and allows learners to demonstrate their ability to do something ● Increases engagement in learning 25
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  28. 28. Competency-based Training ● Education is moving in this direction 28
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  31. 31. Competency-based Training ● Education is moving in this direction ● Corporate / Industry training catching on 31
  32. 32. Competency-based Training ● Education is moving in this direction ● Corporate / Industry training catching on ● Takes time to plan, build, execute 32
  33. 33. More on Competencies ● Competency Master Class (Moodle) ● Competency Master Class (Totara) ● The Competency Models Playlist, The Training, Learning and Development Community (TLDC) 33
  34. 34. Summary
  35. 35. Meaningful Assessments ● Feedback provides learners with direction for further growth ● Growth Mindset ● Planning, setup, facilitation / assessment ● Options ○ Outcomes ○ Rubrics ○ Competencies 35
  36. 36. Upcoming Sessions ● Lambda Lab - Zoola Analytics: Accessing All Your Data with Derived Tables ○ Tuesday June 18, 10am PT ● Lambda Lab: Using Assignment Rubrics ○ Tuesday June 25, 10am PT 36

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