Rethinking Assessment Eric Mazur myEd Blog

Rethinking Assessment with Eric Mazur @EduTech 2015

Some (tweetable and challenging) highlights from Eric Mazur @EduTech 2015:

  1. “Using low cognition methods of learning like flash card memorisation leads to information retention of only 35% after 1 week.
  2. “Even with the best of intentions, a student’s learning habits are driven by bad assessment
  3. “99% of approaches to assessment is focused on the regurgitation of memorised information and cookbook procedures. Instead of developing 21st century skills, most assessment is mostly focused on ranking, sorting, labelling, ass-covering, etc…
  4. “In many ways, exams and current assessment are the silent killers for education innovation.”
  5. Instead of teaching students to become risk averse, we need to teach our students how to learn to enable them to be parachuted into the chaos of the real world and create value from nothing.

Before we begin this deep dive with Eric Mazur into Assessment, let’s first ask the essential question, why assess at all? How many reasons can you think of?

So, what’s the point of assessment?

Eric proposes 7 main reasons for why we assess our students today, to:

  1. Rate the students in terms of their peers
  2. Rate the teacher in the eyes of the department
  3. Motivate students to keep up with work
  4. Provide feedback on a student’s own learning to see where to improve
  5. Provide feedback to the instructors on where students are at
  6. Provide instructional accountability
  7. Improve the teaching and learning

What’s interesting, is that If you look at the above list, the verbs contradict somewhat. We have ‘rate’ students but ‘improve teaching and learning’.

exam hall

The Problems of Assessment

Firstly, test are inauthentic and aimed at grading knowledge and much of it factual.

Secondly, even assessment that claims to test problem solving skills do not really do so and encourages in-authentic problem solving.

Why? Well, if we take a classic textbook problem it will pose a problem and ask the student to come up with the outcome.

However, if you think about a real world everyday problem you have to solve, you always usually know the outcome you want to obtain, you have some objective.

The desired outcome is known. The question is – how do you get there?

Point Clare Public School Brendan Mitchell myEd

“myEd has been, for me…to flip all of my classes, an invaluable tool!”

“myEd has been, for me…to flip all of my classes, an invaluable tool!”

“Seeing the heads turn from watching a portion of the video clip to furiously type, and be engaged with the learning has been great!”

Brendan Mitchell, an innovative Primary School Teacher at Point Clare Public School recently posted a blog article on his experience flipping the class using myEd and we thought it’d be great to share, here’s some of the highlights:

“I have also now utilised the myEdapp website with a handful of classes, and the more I use it, the more I like it. Creating the units of work (called quests) is incredibly easy, and provides an inbuilt range of activity options, including videos, multiple choice, open text response, class discussion and others, and once the quest has been built in your library, it is there ready to go for next year, and is only two clicks away from being added to a new class.”

“Marking is straightforward, and provides the opportunity to give as much or as little feedback as you want, as each activity/question in the quest can be given feedback. You can also set the quest up so that students are required to self-assess against a sample answer, allowing you to give an indication of what you are looking for (particularly useful for reminding students they need to use full sentences), and they can self mark against whichever marking scale you select (numbers, words descriptors etc).”

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Have you ever, after taking the time to create a beautiful digital lesson, got into class, reached the point where students are getting in then ….. a few hands begin to raise and you hear some voices say ….. ”I’ve forgotten my password” ….. ?

Then instead of just being able to jump into the awesome lesson you created, you end up having to spend 10 minutes just getting every student successfully logged in, and now you’re way behind on your lesson plan!

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Have you ever said to yourself…

“I love Clickview, I love SlideShare, I love TED Talks, I LOVE IT ALL, I just hate having to send a bunch of links or individual resources out and my students have to go to so many different websites!”

But what if you could send all your students to a single place?

What if your students could in this single place access your handpicked links and resources in a highly engaging learning sequence that wasn’t death by hyperlink?

And what if you could see exactly where each student was at in real time?

This is no longer a ‘what if’ with myEd’s new ‘embed gadget’!

With myEd’s new ‘embed gadget’ you can now simply copy and paste any embed code from any resource around the web into myEd, and we’ll magically embed it into your quest. Say goodbye to sharing resources through death by hyperlink!

This way, you can share your Clickview videos, TED Talks, Slideshares and more in beautiful visual learning experiences (which we call quests) and get immediate feedback on exactly where each of your students are!