Assessing and evaluating student learning is a vital step when creating learning environments and is a fundamental aspect of instruction. Knowing when and how to evaluate your learners is an important step in this process. Have a learner’s mindset when designing your assessments. Consider what learners will find relevant and engaging. How does this assessment align with the course objectives and/or applicable to their lives? Feedback is another important factor. It is one of the most powerful methods to enhance achievement. The main objectives of feedback are to:
The best feedback is constructive, timely and meaningful. Ultimately feedback is valuable when it is received, understood and acted on.
Your job is to guide learners in achieving the learning objectives and encouraging mastery. Poor alignment is discouraging to learners. It is discouraging to learners to be assessed on content not aligned with objectives.
Learning Environment Modeling Language (LEM)
Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) is a process for designing learning environments using visualization techniques to represent key information about the way learning environments are designed.
Use Instructional Design Wizard In D2L
The Instructional Design Wizard is a tool within D2L that takes you through a step-by-step process of identifying learning objectives and creating instructional activities that align with them through the use of Bloom's Taxonomy.
If they are to be successful, learners need clear and consistent directions on how to meet instructor expectations on how to complete assignments and how they will be graded. f directions or criteria are presented differently in different areas, it can be confusing and misleading for learners.
When creating Dropboxes, Discussions or other activities in D2L, make use of the Instructions field if provided.
Learners need to know if they are being successful or not in order for learning to occur.
When evaluating assignments submitted to the Dropbox, you can type your feedback in the provided field, as well as add a file, record audio, or video.
Intelligent agents are automated emails that can be sent to the learner (and/or instructor) when certain conditions that you set are met. The list below has examples of the different types of conditions that can prompt an email, giving learner feedback letting them know how they are progressing (or not) in the course.
The ePortfolio is a powerful tool in D2L that allows learners to showcase their artifacts, presentations, collections, and assessments for sharing or exporting. Their is also a setting that allows others to leave feedback.
This example shows what the interface looks like as learners work in their ePortfolio:
And this is an example of an ePortfolio Presentation that can be shared with others through a URL link.
Formative assessments are generally any low-stakes activity, such as a quiz or knowledge check, that allows the learner to see if they are succeeding in their learning and/or what areas they need improvement in. This will also allow the instructor to make adjustments if necessary. The low-stakes refers to the fact that the points/grade assigned is such that a poor performance will not wreck their overall course grade.