A key sticking point with remote learning is exams. With so many opportunities for cheating, this is a terrible way to gauge student understanding. Consequently, teachers won’t have an accurate picture of a student’s level of knowledge. Fortunately, there are several creative ways to assess remote learners. Here are some ideas:
Depending on the context, the students and teachers will require different types of assessments. Teachers must adjust their methods to meet students’ needs. For instance, teachers teaching non-English-speaking students will need to determine their proficiency in English. Face-to-face assessment can be straightforward, but can be more challenging in a distance-learning environment. To minimize this problem, it is essential to make use of online tools to assess fluency.
In classrooms, visual clues are often used to gauge understanding, but in a remote environment, this is not possible. Moreover, teachers can’t know how much support a student is receiving at home. While some pupils may be receiving significant input from family members, others may lack the necessary resources and learning capital to be successful. Nevertheless, teachers can still assess how well their remote learners are doing by using peer feedback and peer marking.
As for the student’s level of understanding, an asynchronous form of assessment involves polling and provides immediate feedback. Polls can be done asynchronously or synchronously over a video call. If students have the option to complete polls or provide their own answers, Zoom has built-in polling tools. But synchronous assessments allow teachers to receive immediate feedback, so that they can adjust their instruction accordingly.