I am running a bit late this time, but here is my week 3 post to highlight some of the content in the blendkit MOOC. This week’s topic is Blended Assessments of Learning. At the beginning of this week’s reading we were asked to ponder the question:
“How will you implement formal and informal assessments of learning into your blended learning course? Will these all take place face-to-face, online, or in a combination?”
That’s a great question and in this post I would like to share a strategy I use in the blended classroom to manage the collection of evidence for formal and informal assessment. Let me start by setting the scene. Most of you probably have a smart phone…. or even a tablet. How snap happy are you? Do you like using the built in video features? Where do you upload your favoured digital assets to share with others? In your mind you might be saying things like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or some other online platform.
In the blended learning classroom we can tap into the same types of platforms to make them available for others to see but in the context of assessment this may not be as appropriate.
To overcome this hurdle I use a free online e-portfolio system with my learners. Have you tried http://foliofor.me/?
It has some very impressive features. For example you can upload or embed your photos and videos. Your learners can write reflective blogs and you, as the teacher can provide feedback and reflective comments. Students can decide who they share their work with and they can even create an online work plan or resume to show how and when the work was carried out and what their experience is.
Some newly added features such as apps and themes can make their portfolio more attractive and functional. I love it, but of course it does not some planning to make it a success in your classroom.
I suggest you have a play with it first so you have a good idea how it works and to help you on your way check out the tutorials created by others on YouTube.