Classroom Assessment Techniques (CAT) in the Online Classroom
Concurrent Session 1
Why wait until a unit exam to discover student understanding of course content? You can use Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATS) to evaluate course delivery and teaching methods. CATS are easy formative evaluation tools which allow you to assess student mastery before the big assignment or exam. In this session you'll use Poll Everywhere (or any online polling tool) to test three simple CATs methods that you can implement with your learners immediately.
Why wait until your end of semester student evaluations to discover how your students about your online course materials and delivery? You can use Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) to gain a better understanding throughout your semester to evaluate your teaching methods and course delivery. In this session you'll use Poll Everywhere (or any online polling tool) to test three simple CATs methods that you can implement with your learners immediately.
OLC Learning Outcomes:
- Describe classroom assessment techniques
- Give examples of classroom assessment techniques (CATs)
- Recognize the importance of assessing the classroom
- Discuss why assessing the classroom throughout the semester is important
- Experience classroom assessment techniques (CATs) using Poll Everywhere
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) are, typically, easy to prepare formative evaluation methods using low stakes activities conducted in the online or F2F classroom. Their purpose is to provide the instructor feedback on whether or not students understand course material so that adjustments can be made before the end of the term or before major assignments or exams. CATs also provide information about the effectiveness of your teaching methods and online presence. Frequent use of CATs also can assure students that the instructor takes a genuine, active interest in their learning process throughout the course, before the summative assessment (e.g., final exam) is given at the end of the term.
In this interactive BYOD session, we will explore the usefulness of CATs in the online classroom. We will also learn how to implement them into course design, allowing instructors to receive feedback on instructional strategies and presence before the end of the semester.
Classroom Assessment Techniques. A Handbook for College Teachers by Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross, Second Edition, San Francisco, Jossey-Bass Inc., Publishers, 1993.