Designing Joint Handheld Assessment and Teaching Tools, Orkanger, Norway


3 partners from the KA3-ICT project Done-IT, recently met in order to exploit and expand new learning methods that utilize immediate feedback in assignments and tests. The Peer Learning Assessment Services (PeLe) make this possible. 15 teachers attended the two-day workshop, and they plan to start using PeLe in a range of courses such as material sciences, mechanics, mathematics, medicine, physics, language training, history, social sciences, multimedia production and the utilization of semiconductors.

A key issue during the workshop was the design of PeLe, and in particular how to structure an online service for hand held devices where one teacher may use it as an efficient assessment tool, while another teacher may simultaneously use it as a convenient teaching tool. The group discussed various assessment for learning methods, such as progressive evaluation scenarios, selection of quizzes for exams lead by students, repetitive use of PeLe in order to measure and document long term effects of learning, possible use of "drill exercises" driven by PeLe, mechanisms for the adoptation of PeLe into certification processes, and self evaluation of teacher performance during lectures.  

Evaluations carried out in several classes at HiST in spring 2012 document how important it is for the students to emphasise the  learning effect they achieve when their teachers provide immediate feedback to their assignments and tests. The evaluations include both high school classes and engineering classes within several disciplines.

The teachers who attended the workshop was an entusiastic group. The pictures below illustrate some of the activities that were organized during the workshop.                                                                                                        





SRS 2.0, PELE 1.5, Eval 1.0 and iLike 1.0 are available for use.