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Royal Society for Biology: Using tests and badges

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Presentation given as part of Assessment FOR Learning in the Biosciences, HUBS, Royal Society of Biology, School of Biosciences, Cardiff University, December 13th 2016.

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Royal Society for Biology: Using tests and badges

  1. 1. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Using online tests, and aligning them to badges via microcredentialing David Bryson
  2. 2. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Online tests, microcredentialing and badges  What was the problem?  Two linked solutions: 1. Develop series of learning outcomes linked to online tests. 2. Use badges to encourage learning to a mastery level.
  3. 3. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences How am I doing? What are they learning? Class-based learning
  4. 4. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Badges signify accomplishments, completion of a project, mastery of a skill or marks of experience
  5. 5. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Learner fulfils criteria to earn the badge by attending classes, passing an exam or completing other activities.
  6. 6. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Focus on individual students and their learning. Making otherwise hidden accomplishments visible.
  7. 7. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences
  8. 8. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Learning resources About 100 questions in total many with multiple parts100pp including: 27 Learning activity handouts
  9. 9. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Tests and feedback Quizzes that support testing and retesting to develop deep rather than surface learning including class-based tests. BlackBoard VLE Grade Centre and Achievements Class-based tests Online tests
  10. 10. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences From learning outcomes to badges On completion students will be able to …..... To encourage mastery learning badge tests pass set at 75%. Normal pass for coursework 40%
  11. 11. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Badges for Levels of achievement collected
  12. 12. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Pass sheets generated from Grade Centre with colour coding from online tests
  13. 13. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Complete collection of all badges
  14. 14. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences General feedback +Given tests online students tried to get 100% not just the mastery level of 75%. +Students were able to take the online tests as often as they wanted. +The tests were linked to Coursework marks so working on the tests also meant they knew how they were progressing with the learning needed for the module.
  15. 15. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Student responses to the statement “I found the module intellectually stimulating.” 38.5 46.2 11.5 3.8 0 60.5 31.6 0 5.3 2.60 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 1 2 3 4 5 Percentage Likert scale (1 Definitely agree through to 5 Definitely disagree) 2014 2015 Student feedback
  16. 16. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Student responses to “The materials that accompanied this course were good at supporting my learning.” 42.3 50 7.7 0 0 65 17.5 5 10 2.5 0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 1 2 3 4 5 Percentage Likert Scale (1 Definitely agree through to 5 Definitely disagree) 2014 2015
  17. 17. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Student response to the statement “Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of this module.” 28 68 4 0 0 61 22 12.2 2.4 2.40 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 1 2 3 4 5 Percentage Likert Scale (1 Definitely agree through to 5 Definitely disagree) 2014 2015
  18. 18. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences What didn’t go well/could be improved  Online tests Aim is for personalized learning but some students wanted to know how they should be progressing by what stage in the module. However, many praised personalization in feedback.  Technical BlackBoard via SCORM not accurate!! No access to Mozilla Backpack but University has developed its own Badge server and quality assurance processes for badges.
  19. 19. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences Useful sites  http://www.edudemic.com/guides/the-teachers- guide-to-badges-in-education/  https://www.sophia.org/flipped-classroom-survey  http://openbadges.org  http://badges.coursesites.com  Quizzes developed using Easygenerator https://www.easygenerator.com
  20. 20. Assessment for Learning in the Biosciences David Bryson BSc(Anat) CertEd MIMI RMIP FHEA MCFS FRSB For any further details please e-mail at d.bryson@derby.ac.uk http://www.cladonia.co.uk If you want to try the same tests as students go to http://bit.ly/1oA2V2B

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