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Assessment in Learning Design


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A component of the DHET Open Learning Workshop 3 course. Aimed at TVET and CET lecturers

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Assessment in Learning Design

  1. 1. Learning Design Assessment in
  2. 2. Why Assessment? • In all the learning design models investigated on day 1 each sees assessment or evaluation as an integral component of the design. • Assessment should not be an ‘after thought’ but considered in depth during the design phase. For example, some assessment / evaluation considerations would include, • Does the course design responds to the specific needs of the learners? • What assessment task will elicit evidence that a competency, outcome or learning objective has been achieved by the learner on completion of the course? • How will the educator know if the learning design was effective and also the optimal approach to learning?
  3. 3. Assessment Types Assessment can provide information about both the learners’ progress and how effectively they engage with the learning design. We use different assessment tools to gather different types of data. • Diagnostic testing – (Pre- and Post testing) to determine levels of student ‘know-how’ and knowledge both prior to the course and also months after the course to determine retention. • Formative tests – Used during the course as a method to force learners to reflect on their learning progress. • Summative assessment – Normally used to conclude a course/programme and provide a metric/mark to measure student success.
  4. 4. ICT to support assessment In this day and age there are numerous technology tools to make assessment easier for both educator and student. • Formative assessment tools exist on the internet and can be easily incorporated into learning design as a fun way to engage students. • Summative assessment requires strong security and control and usually take place using a learning management system (LMS). These platforms normally require a person to be registered on the institutional platform and enrolled in specific courses. This provide greater control over who is writing the examination. Often biometric data is also collected.
  5. 5. Free Assessment Tools In this session we will investigate free assessment tools available on the Internet, create tests, try them out on the workshop participants and evaluate the tools in terms of their usefulness for TVET and CET