Bridging the Gap: Optimal Formative Assessment using a Technology Tool
Concurrent Session 9
Incorporating the right technology tool makes formative assessment more efficient for students and saves time for instructors. Tools which provide elaborative feedback lead to quick data driven decisions and enhanced feedback. This study infused theory into practice with selection of "best fit" technology tools for formative assessment and performance feedback.
Formative assessment has long been an important part of the teaching and learning process (Angelo & Cross, 1993). Though originating within the traditional classroom, the need for formative assessment has carried over into the online environment. In the online modality, formative assessments are essential to gauge learning needs as they may not be as easily determined by students on their own in this setting (Boboc & Vonderwall, 2011). This study hopes to demonstrate the value of using appropriately selected technology to bridge the gap as an optimal component in the online modality.
This exploratory study examines the SoTL best practice of using technology as an optimal formative assessment tool in the online modality. More specifically, the study explores the amount of time students and instructors can save through the selection and use of the most appropriate technology to complete formative assessments online. The study hopes to uncover how using and assessing the latest technology tools can determine which tool components will best optimize instructor time while increasing student engagement and achievement. Instructors already value formative assessments in the online environment, but additional research could add to its importance as an essential best practice (Bergquist & Holbeck, 2014). There is not much one-on-one time in the online modality, but the right application of technology can provide an instructor the method, tool, and time to create personalized feedback on student and/or specific class progress Furthermore, the most effective technology enables the student to receive real-time verification and elaborative feedback in an asynchronous learning environment.