Formative Assessments in an Experiential Learning Classroom’ and Summative Assessments
The webinar on Formative Assessments in an Experiential Learning Classroom’ and Summative Assessments was organised by the DPSS- HRDC on March 30th, 2021. The webinar was conducted by Ms Anusha Ramanathan and Dr Ritesh Khunyakari.
Both the experts laid emphasis on understanding and analysing how effective Assessments can be conducted. The webinar was not only very informative but also an engaging one.
Ms Anusha Ramanathan enlisted the following key points as the basic purpose of conducting any assessment:
-evaluating ones own teaching strategy
-checking the understanding of students
-giving feed back to the students to move in the right direction
-developing life skills.
-identifying the learning gaps if any
She also spoke about various tools or techniques that can be used to conduct formative assessments such as through creative assignments/role play/ mind map/dramatisation / online quiz / peer learning / flow chart / symposium/ street play etc
Ms Anusha also stressed on the importance of following rubrics and standard methods of evaluation while conducting formative assessments eg in case of role play following parameters can be assessed such as clarity of speech / expression of feeling/content delivery/ body language/ teamwork / thinking ability/presentation / confidence / spontaneity/ research
Speaking about Experiential learning , she explained about the Kolb’s Experiential learning cycle and Experiential learning model by CBSE- DIKSHA
Emphasis was also laid on interdisciplinary approach in teaching that can be very beneficial for students in the overall understanding of the concept and its application.
Ritesh Khunyakari suggested that Summative Assessments need not be frequent but can be periodic. He also emphasised that a reliable SA must be conscious of its goal or purpose and can involve different stakeholders such as learners , peers and teachers etc
According to Dr Ritesh other significant features of a reliable Summative Assessment includes various parameters such as :
Design- should be structured and content aligned
Purpose- should maintains focus and clarity with larger goals
Content – should be in sync with learning experience( syllabus, content taught)
Construct – underlying concept or ability should be assessed
Predictive- should be useful in indicating future performance.
Dr Ritesh briefed about ROBE ( Remote accesss and Open book examination). He focussed on developing problem solving and critical thinking skills amongst students and also mentioned about various innovatives techniques that can be integrated such as developing board games based on scientific concepts ,refined concept map , poster making etc