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Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment. Providing students with feedback on written work can, at times, feel like a burden.

Make It Count: Providing Feedback as Formative Assessment

Dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of papers clutter your desk, and commenting on each is nearly impossible. Still, we know, both from our experiences and from research, that feedback is essential. John Hattie, Professor of Education and Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, Australia, believes that feedback must be timely, relevant, and action-oriented. The good news, according to Hattie, is that "students want feedback just for them, just in time, and just helping nudge forward. " To that end, he encourages us to "worry more about how students are receiving your feedback . . . than increasing how much you give. " So how can we provide this kind of feedback -- the kind that students actually listen to, understand, and use -- in a timely manner? Feedback as Formative Assessment Feedback in Action The tools available for providing feedback continue to multiply.

The Myth of Learning Styles 'Debunked' Developments in cognitive science have had some far reaching impacts on learning theories.

The Myth of Learning Styles 'Debunked'

For instance , Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences has its repercussions in learning styles theory. A whole new body of substantiated and scientific knowledge was subsequently produced to encapsulate the core principles undergirding the multiple intelligences theory in educational literature. New instructional methodologies emerged to account for the different learning styles of students.

No two human beings are the same and therefore the way they learn and process information is not necessarily the same. Some learn better through visual aids, others find it easy to learn when they are engaged in hands-on activities involving not only their intellectual abilities but also their body parts ( Kinestetics). Creating Accessible Tables - Layout Tables. If you're not a screen reader user, let's pretend that you are for just a moment.

Creating Accessible Tables - Layout Tables

You're going to a web site to find out where the biology 205 class is going to be held. You go to a web page that has this information, and this is what you hear: Table with 10 columns and 7 rows. Pixabay - Free Images. Account - everystockphoto - searching free photos. Formative Assessment Definition. Formative assessment refers to a wide variety of methods that teachers use to conduct in-process evaluations of student comprehension, learning needs, and academic progress during a lesson, unit, or course.

Formative Assessment Definition

Formative assessments help teachers identify concepts that students are struggling to understand, skills they are having difficulty acquiring, or learning standards they have not yet achieved so that adjustments can be made to lessons, instructional techniques, and academic support. The general goal of formative assessment is to collect detailed information that can be used to improve instruction and student learning while it’s happening. What makes an assessment “formative” is not the design of a test, technique, or self-evaluation, per se, but the way it is used—i.e., to inform in-process teaching and learning modifications. Many educators and experts believe that formative assessment is an integral part of effective teaching.

Reform Debate. The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment. (Thumbs are one of my favorite forms of formative assessment) Be sure to read my Ed Week column, Ways to Include Students in the Formative Assessment Process.

The Best Resources For Learning About Formative Assessment

As the new school year approaches (we go back in two more weeks), I’ve been thinking a bit on how I can be a little more intentional and strategic in using formative assessment. Communication in Online Courses: Strategies for Providing Feedback. Professional Development for Accessible Technology: Home. Welcome This site is a project of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) of the California State University system.

Professional Development for Accessible Technology: Home

The mission of the ATI is for the CSU university system to excel and provide national leadership in using technology that is fully accessible through universal design to its students, faculty, staff and the general public. This site aggregates information regarding high-quality professional development resources and events offered by ATI staff, CSU campuses and external institutions and agencies. We invite you to bookmark this site and watch for new announcements, training materials, and events. ATI Recommended Training Materials Microsoft Word (updated, March, 2012) Microsoft PowerPoint Adobe PDF (updated April, 2011) "Meet the Experts" Webinar Archive Accessibility & Course Design for Instructors, (PowerPoint slides only), Nora Scully & SFSU staff. 5/20/10 UDL & Accessibility (PowerPoint slides only), EnACT & Sonoma State professors, 4/22/10 Accessible Technology vs.

3 Minute Teaching With Technology Tutorials. Be sure to share these great resources with your friends and colleagues!

3 Minute Teaching With Technology Tutorials

Access all of these videos in this YouTube Playlist How to Add “Time Tags” to Youtube Vids (so Viewers can Jump to Tagged Sections)It’s Super Easy to Create These Simple ‘Bookmarks’ so Viewers Can Pop to Different Section of Your EdPuzzle 3 Minute TOOL-torial Add Questions to Videos, Monitor Progress, etc.

EdPuzzle is an awesome free tool that makes it a breeze to embed questions in YouTube and Vimeo videos. When students log in and watch the videos on EdPuzzle, you can then see their progress. GRADE: Accessible Guidelines: A Summary. CourseStartupChecklist.