Thursday, 24 May 2007

Innovative Assessment

My goodness, how time passes. I can't believe it is a month since I created this blog and made the one and only post.

I have been thinking about assessment and how to make it more enjoyable for the students. Anne suggested that it is pretty boring for the students to be continually presented with the same sort of "write a report on ..." or "answer these questions" type assessment and of course, she is absolutely correct. But how do we achieve more interesting assessments and still meet the requirements of awarding bodies?

Could we ask students to create (and deliver) a presentation about the 'fetch execute cycle' for instance? This would not only be assessing their knowledge but also developing their core skills. Why not? Do you think we could use blogs, podcasts or wikis for assessment purposes? That would certainly be different.

Les showed me a good quote yesterday which was along the lines of "tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand". He then added "could we get the students involved in how they should be assessed". An interesting thought! Would they better appreciate what it is they are trying to demonstrate if they had to think about how they could 'prove' their knowledge? I think perhaps they would!