eLearning eXpress – 21/10/16
The first meeting of our eLearning eXpress was a great way to end the half-term. This optional CPD slot has the same format and general intention as the 15 Minute Forum, but with different branding… and a specific focus on harnessing the students’ iPads to enhance learning.
And so Lizi Blackburn (@learninglife89) led a session focussed on sharing some SASS Manoeuvres…
Self-Assessment using Socrative and Showbie…
How do we place students at the heart of their own learning journey? This was the question Lizi posed, after a quick survey on socrative about our own use of self-assessment, to set the context. Over the last 18 months, Lizi has completed some action research into student perception of self-assessment and it’s value.
Lizi shared some insightful feedback from students, including comments that indicate that students like the diagnostic nature of self-assessment where they are able to identify and focus on areas where they are less confident or capable, and then improve those specific areas. In this sense, self-assessment is not just about moving learning forwards, but also about the building of confidence and self-esteem that accompanies this.
Encouraging this sense of growth mindset and aspiration while empowering students to help themselves is a very powerful thing indeed. Indeed, it is borne out by the research, as indicated by some of the quotes Lizi shared…
Research over the last decade has overwhelmingly indicated that self-regulating learners are the most confident, persistent and resourceful.
Nicol and Macfarlane-Dick 2004, Zimmerman 2001 and Hattie 2012.
Feedback that enables the student to self-regulate has a far higher effect size than a simple measure of success or failure.
Hattie and Timperlay 2007
Self-assessment is a fundamental way to improve understanding of that assessment criteria, reinforcing the value of this practice in creating well-rounded learners
‘Feedback both regulates and is regulated by motivational beliefs.’
And so with the case for self-assessment made, Lizi got it into the nitty gritty of how socrative and showbie can work to support and enhance self-assessment. Click on the thumbnails below to see some of Lizi’s slides with suggestions on how one might use both socrative and showbie (and, in fact, use them together) to facilitate self assessment…