Much of the literature around the education effectiveness of formative feedback draws on the work of Nicol & MacFarlane-Dick (2006) with their principles of good feedback practice. One of the tools often used to facilitate the efficient management of formative feedback is objective testing, such as multiple choice, and assertion-reasoning questions. Objective tests allow you to easily roll out small, high frequency formative feedback activities too large student numbers. Interestingly, staff often perceive a barrier is the tests are computer based, which is not easy to accommodate within teaching sessions. However, at UCS we also have the Optical Mark Reader software which will allow you to effectively deploy objective tests through a paper based solution in the classroom and get the results within days. For more information see, http://bit.ly/elevateomr
A question often asked of the Elevate Team is, “how are staff at UCS using technology in their teaching and assessment?” To help answer this question the Elevate Team have started to collect stories from lecturers on how they have been using various innovations. The “In discussion with” series are short (3 min) audio discussions. The topics covered include; enhancing feedback using clickers, providing video feedback and recording student group work for formative feedback. These and other stories are available from, http://bit.ly/elevateidw
For more ideas about how technology might enhance your teaching and assessment either email the Elevate Team (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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