The Aula feed gives educators the opportunity to conduct both planned and responsive formative assessment.
Educators can interleave content and assessment to support retrieval practice that both identifies what has been learnt and embeds learning into long term memory.
The ability to post questions, ask for clarification and probe for understanding allows educators to create high leverage assessments. In asking students to ‘react’ to a question on the feed educators can formatively assess students’ learning in a timely manner.
Here are examples from Aula spaces which exemplify some ways in which you can use the Feed for formative assessment.
Assessment to prompt reflection
Here, the educator uses the feed to prompt students to reflect on a prior session to prepare for a forthcoming session. The post provides an opportunity for the students to reflect upon the outcomes of the previous session to further their learning. Moreover, the comments allow students to view and learn from each others’ reflections and to feel part of a learning community where everyone experiences and learns from finding ways to overcome areas of difficulty and obstacles to learning.
Assessment to gauge confidence and understanding
In this example, the educator uses a post for formative assessment. Students comment beneath the post expressing points for clarification and the relevant sections of the materials space and upload additional resources.
This not only allows the educator to assess student understanding, increase the reactive nature of their teaching and provide targeted and differentiated feedback but also allows other students to benefit from the support as well.
In this last example, the educator asks students to exhibit their work in the comments and also provide specific feedback to other groups. This allows the educator to assess students’ work and feedback. Moreover, students work collaboratively to provide and learn from peer feedback.
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