Assessments are used to evaluate the progress of students’, and empower them to improve their academic performance. Without being properly assessed, students would have no way to track their academic goals.
Instructors must choose effective assessments, by providing students the tools needed to measure their knowledge, skills and attitudes. By doing so, both the instructor and the student will receive essential feedback. Feedback is very important. It tells students how they are progressing and where they may need to improve. It’s also valuable information for instructors to ensure delivery and assessment methods are working as planned, and learning targets are successfully met in the most productive way.
Creating a framework to organize and measure educational goals, was Benjamin Bloom’s objective when creating this system. Bloom determined decades ago, that most teaching was focused on lower level training, rather than meaningful personal development.
Bloom’s Taxonomy is broken down in three beneficial categories; Cognitive domain (Knowledge), psychomotor domain (Physical skills), and affective domain (Emotions). Within each category are multiple levels of skills which can be used as a guidance tool, to determine an individual or groups academic level.
If you are involved with designing, delivering or evaluating classes, or you are simply looking for a checklist for personal development, this framework is an easy, clear and an effective way to help challenge the problems we face today.
BOPPPS is an organized template with a group of steps, designed to help instructors deliver effective lessons. BOPPPS is an acronym for B-Bridge in, O-Objective/ Outcome, P-Pre-Assessment, P-Participatory Learning, P-Post-Assessment, and S-Summary. BOPPPS format was designed to make student-instructor interaction, provide a clear understanding of outcomes, assessing prior knowledge, engage in active learning, and reinforce learning through summaries and assessments.
BOPPPS lesson planning is a straightforward approach; whether you’re an experienced instructor or preparing for your first class, this template is easy to use. Simply write the required information in all six columns, then follow the steps to deliver a rewarding and structured lesson.
Psychological safety is important throughout a student’s academic journey. It mentally prepares each student to actively participate in learning, allowing the learner to attach value to the new content.
Negative situations and experiences, can affect future learning conducted in a classroom. If learning environments are not safe, students may feel imprisoned rather than comfortable, safe and engaged.
If we choose to make a difference for our learners, we must establish an energized, consistent and safe climate, to maximize learning. Students shouldn’t be judged for making mistakes, they should have the opportunity to learn from such errors.
Social media is a common way to communicate in today’s digital world. It allows people to keep in touch, by creating conversations and delivering information. Tools such as Internet forums, Blogs, Virtual worlds and Social Networks are all excellent ways for students to interact. By using these tools effectively, students can closely resemble face-to-face discussions without being in the classroom. One of the biggest advantages of using social media, is that it provides education, in any place, at any time.
When students learn to use these different types of technologies, they become more motivated, engaged and committed in their studies. Social media helps students develop real world social skills, by enhancing their communication and literacy levels which are needed in today’s society.