Magazine article Techniques

The Feedback Loop and Its Influence on Assessment Design

Magazine article Techniques

The Feedback Loop and Its Influence on Assessment Design

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WHEN YOU THINK OF ASSESSMENTS. YOU MAY THINK OF THE TRADITIONAL fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, true/faisc or matching questions found on a final exam and given a grade. But assessments today are much more than the traditional assessments of the past. Implementing only traditional assessment design will not meet the needs of today's career and technical education (UTE) student. In order for students to succeed, they require constant feedback on progress. Assessments built to do this need to measure the student's gained theoretical knowledge, and must be able to measure the performance of real-world practical skills achieved throughout the entire learning process.

This approach is called authentic assessment and is all about assessing learners as they complete real-world assignments that allow them to apply knowledge and skills just learned. Examples of authentic assessments might include portfolios, instructor observations, performance or demonstration evaluations, or any other assessment that will show proof or evidence of an accomplished competency. Educators using authentic assessment strategies are More likely to reach more learners or match a variety of learning styles.

One of the biggest misconceptions about assessments is that they are given only at the end of a lesson or subject once the teaching and learning are over, instead of seeing hem as central to the learning process as a whole. Assessments provide the student with much-needed feedback.

Feedback is not necessarily time-intensive one-on-one instruction or guidance from the educator. Beautifully designed instruction ii or assessments naturally throughout the curriculum to provide the student with many points to self-check--freeing up the educator to provide personal feedback, coaching and guidance when necessary. It is atm said that feedback is the breakfast of champions. Feedback makes I he lesson more meaningful. and that meaningfulness is what makes learning stick.

If you don't have the luxury of teaching using content that fully incorporates assessnients tailored to guide students using productive feedback, there are a number of things you can do to incorporate these stopping points within your lesson plans to develop an effective feedback loop.

Pathway to Success

The feedback loop using assessments will measure if and how students are learning as they progress through the lesson or subject. It shouldn't be a choice to use one form of assessment over the other; but the goal is to provide a healthy mix of the two to help students maxi-mize their understanding and mastery of II, subject. Instead of differentiating between the two assessment types, it timid be much more beneficial to develop assessment strategies that match instructional goals throughout the entire learning process. Effective feedback, gained from properly aligned assess-assessments, will provide your students with a pathway lo success.

Feedback is necessary information because it indicates how an individual is doing in reaching a goal, and it gives information about what and what was not accomplished toward it.

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