- #UKEdChat session 539
- At best assessment and marking is different when conducted remotely, and at worst it is fiendishly difficult to get right.
- There is now a huge gulf between how pupils have faired during the pandemic
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At the start of the pandemic, little notice was given to the lockdown, and teachers went into firefighting mode just to give students some learning activities. For many, school never closed, and teachers have continued giving lessons to children of key workers and venerable pupils. Others have spent much of this academic year at learning at home. It is nine months on, at the time of writing, since the first lockdown took place, there is now a huge gulf between how pupils have faired during the pandemic.
Assessment, both is and will be key to helping all pupils overcome any shortfalls in progress. With reports that loses from in-person teaching may cause disadvantage learners for decades to come, teachers need to know right now the gaps in their learners’ knowledge. Twas ever thus.
However, at best assessment and marking is different when conducted remotely, and at worst it is fiendishly difficult to get right from afar. This is needed to know how to plug gaps now, and to prepare to fill gaps and hit the ground running when in-person schooling returns en masse.
In this #UKEdChat session which took place on Thursday 11th February 2021 at 8pm(UK) we discussed how assessment practices can be adapted to remote learning, how work can be submitted and marked, how to separate what can be effective assessment remotely while judging what must be postponed until in-person teaching resumes, and what are the lessons about assessment and marking we can take forward when some sort of normality returns to the world.
- Has the amount of assessment and marking changed while teaching remotely?
- How have you adapted your assessment and marking practices while teaching remotely?
- How has the performance of your learners changed in your assessment compared to a normal year?
- Does marking have a place when learning in a pandemic?
- What assessments are you making now to ensure you can address gaps in learning brought about by social-distancing once in-person schooling returns for all?
- Have online assessment platforms, like @Gimkit and @Guizlet come of age in the pandemic?
- What is the best way for learners to submit work when learning remotely?
- What lessons can be learnt about marking and assessment remotely that can be used once in-person teaching resumes for all?