Online Assessment For Schools

Majority of our schools still follow a passive mode of information sharing. The shift to interactive learning from passive learning has been very gradual.

School-based learning today is a mixed experience for students in terms of learning, engagement and gaining knowledge.
It is more of a “drive to complete Curriculum”, while some schools have started using digital aids in the form of smart class rooms, topic based videos etc
Most schools still focus on traditional methods to explain the concepts.
Two Key Facts emerge out of the current usage of the Digital medium in our schools today:

It is still restricted largely to augment learning process and the key measure of knowledge remains the grades or marks scored in the subject.
Its Usage in assessment is close to naught in schools and this has considerably restricted the benefits of integrating digital medium into our learning process.

Let us understand that presently most schools are doing offline assessment, this is usually done in varying degrees using test patterns like Unit Tests which typically club a set of chapters, followed by semester/ term examinations that illustrate the scores/grades for that term. While the above method does serve a purpose of assessing the student’s ability and knowledge. It does tend to drive students towards rote learning be it formulae learning in math or specific steps in science topics. It ends up more of an assessment of rank in class and does not outline where to improve, nor does it provide time to the teachers and students to improve. These are the realities of today’s examination patterns.

There is huge gap in actually using this assessment to augment performance, primarily because of lack of resources to analyse such huge data. Thus, Term end examination marks becomes more of a score at a “point in time” rather than as assessment of knowledge. So, while the use of digital medium has helped in greater learning we have not been able to use assessment and performance analysis to our benefit.

The arrival of “Phygital”
Phygital combines the physical and the digital world and provides the benefits of both worlds.
Schools are evaluating implementation of smaller changes to drive higher performance of students:

Step 1: Identify Cohort of students in a grade and subjects
Step 2: Conduct Topic-based digital / physical assessment for students post topic-based sessions
Step 3: Analyse performance of the cohort to identify Strengths and Weakness of Concepts
Step4: Plan and Conduct classroom sessions to reinforce classroom sessions to reinforce weaker concepts – based on the analysis
Step5: Continue with the Unit, Semester, Term End Examination
Step6: Compare the results of the Cohort that undertook Topic-based assessment with the other cohort for whom topic based assessment was not implemented.

Opportunities for Schools:

Improved productivity from limited resources enabled by Software driven analysis of the data for the entire class
Provide teachers with SWOT analysis to plan reinforcement sessions.
Start introducing gamification as a means of motivation to students.

Opportunities for Students and Parents:

Periodically measure the understanding of concepts and its application to real-life scenarios.
Opportunity to ask questions and understand the weaker areas and making learning more meaningful.
Analyse students’ performance over a period.
Ensure better grades and performance in Term End Examinations.

This is a small step from in its continuous endeavor for creating a robust foundation by strengthening Concepts in mid school education.

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