ocTEL Week 4: Supporting learners through assessment and feedback using TEL

So, after a week “off” here we go again on week 4 of the ocTEL MOOC.

The focus this week is to “look at how learners can be supported through assessment and feedback, and how technology can help.”

Here is the introduction to week 4:

The purpose of assessment can be to deepen understanding (formative) or to test and measure levels of knowledge (summative).  The purpose of feedback, either from dedicated tutors or informally from peers, is to help learners progress with their learning. Self-assessment and reflection are also important aspects of learning in both formal and informal educational contexts. Throughout this week you will be encouraged to draw on, and reflect upon, your own experiences of assessment and feedback, either as a tutor, as a designer or supporter of student learning, or as a learner yourself. Here are some of the challenges that we hope this module will help you tackle:

  • How do I provide timely, effective assessment and feedback to learners?
  • How can technology help to guide, prompt and challenge learners?
  • What types of technology will be most appropriate for my learners?
  • Where can I find out more about the options available?

We expect that by participating this week, you’ll be more ready to:

  • critique models and theories of assessment, feedback and learner support;
  • design e-assessment and feedback activities that suit your learning context and meet learner needs;
  • create an environment that is conducive to supporting self-directed learning, peer support and networking;
  • understand a range of models of learner support with TEL and their implications for teaching staff.

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