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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention

5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into a

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As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

The first three suggestions are:

Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are PermittedTake-Home TestsStudent-Made Tests

These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

The next suggestion is:

Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

The final suggestion is:

Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 22, 2014 6:24 PM

As teachers today we are told that we must teach our students and help them construct "enduring understanding", providing them with the ability to transfer knowledge from one subject area to another subject area. We are also told that we should personalize education, requiring us to know the strengths and weaknesses and incorporate this into our lessons. And let's not forget that we must also assess our students. How can we make our assessments help students with content retention? This post focuses on this question, and provides five suggestions on ways to do this.

The first three suggestions are:

  • Tests Where Notes or Textbooks are Permitted
  • Take-Home Tests
  • Student-Made Tests

These types of tests may take more time to create but they have the ability to be written so that students have to do more than memorize information. There is more information on this in the post.

The next suggestion is:

  • Projects Pre-Approved by the Teacher

This requires that students demonstrate mastery of the subject. This will require the student to create (a 21st century goal) and additional information is in the post, including a discussion of what this might look like.

The final suggestion is:

    • Revisions and Retests to Build Skillsets

    This section discusses what we may do to help out student build their skillsets through feedback and opportunities to construct accurate information.

    As you read this post you may begin to consider alternative ways to assess your students that help them with content retention.

    Kathy Lynch's curator insight, March 23, 2014 1:25 PM

    Ideas to expand thinking on current assessments, particularly for those who do not test well. Thx Beth Dichter!

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    20 Time-Saving Grading Apps

    20 Time-Saving Grading Apps | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
    Can apps help teachers to save time grading? Check out the BestCollegesOnline list of the 20 Time-Saving Grading Apps for your classroom.

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    Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests

    Multimedia Assessments: Tools for making dynamic audio-and video-based tests | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
    Video, audio, and images can help students gain deeper understanding of a question. Previously, struggling readers might have had assessment questions read aloud to him or her. Now, multimedia tools allow these students to take tests independently.

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    Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 24, 2014 9:19 PM

    Check out these five tools that will help students present their knowledge using different forms of multimedia.

    * Metta

    * ImageQuiz

    * eduCanon

    * Kahoot

    * Google Forms

    For many students these tools will help them create a more authentic product. Click through to the post to learn more about each tool and find short videos to help you with ImageQuiz, Kahoot and eduCanon..

    Drora Arussy's curator insight, February 25, 2014 7:32 PM

    Great ideas and tools - let the creative assessment begin!