Checking Their Understanding: Designing Formative Assessments for Online Teaching

Concurrent Session 2

Session Materials

Brief Abstract

This presentation engages participants in a critical dialogue on the importance of integrating formative assessments throughout online learning, as well as the implications for learner and instructor. Instructors can check for understanding in several ways, including the use of oral language, collaborative assignments, questioning, writing, projects, performances, and tests (Fisher & Frey, 2007). Participants will see a variety of innovative examples that they can easily integrate into their online courses that build on learners’ prior knowledge and experiences. Discussions should yield bridges and barriers, along with future considerations to enhance online learning and how they can use this data to design instruction that will meet their student’s needs. 

Presenters

Melissa K. Driver, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Inclusive Education Department of the Bagwell College of Education at Kennesaw State University. Dr. Driver's research interests include equitable education for culturally and linguistically diverse students, teacher preparation and ongoing support, and early mathematics interventions. As a former teacher, Dr. Driver co-taught in inclusive elementary and secondary settings and coordinated the special education program at her school. In addition to her classroom teaching, Dr. Driver has extensive experience coaching pre-service and novice special education teachers. She is passionate about pursuing innovative methods to prepare and support new teachers to effectively teach all students, especially those with disabilities.
My teaching, research, and community engagement efforts focus on teacher preparation, early intervention, literacy, and autism. I am also the program coordinator for the M.Ed program in Special Education and the Autism Spectrum Disorders endorsement.

Extended Abstract

This presentation engages participants in a critical dialogue on the importance of integrating formative assessments throughout online learning, as well as the implications for learner and instructor. Instructors can check for understanding in several ways, including the use of oral language, collaborative assignments, questioning, writing, projects, performances, and tests (Fisher & Frey, 2007). Participants will see a variety of innovative examples that they can easily integrate into their online courses that build on learners’ prior knowledge and experiences. Discussions should yield bridges and barriers, along with future considerations to enhance online learning and how they can use this data to design instruction that will meet their student’s needs. 

Participants will be introduced to our formative assessment framework for online teaching: Building Relationships, Checking Understanding, and Scaffolding Feedback (Driver & Zimmer, 2018). Practical examples will be provided for participants to integrate in their own teaching. Specifically, participants will:

1. Engage in dialogue regarding the importance of integrating formative assessment throughout online content.

2. See real-world examples of how formative assessments are integrated in a variety of courses & share out how they could integrate within their own courses.

3. Discuss essential criteria for designing formative assessment in online teaching.

4. Share ideas to integrate into online teaching practice.

5. Explore bridges and barriers, along with future considerations to enhance online programs.