I was originally planning to make this blog a slightly longer form one in order to delve into some of the issues surrounding what I am thinking about but as I am still thinking through some things I thought it may be a good idea to get this out and hopefully see if I can get some reaction on it.
I am considering a rather different form of assessment for my ICT modules which involves pupils assessing the teaching and presentation of the modules being taught using services like Google Forms. The idea is almost certainly not my own as I am convinced I have seen it come up on Twitter before however it was probably something seen in passing as I cannot recall who it was. Any suggestions as to original work on this would be appreciated.
The methodology for this would be as follows:
- At the end of a module of approximately 6 weeks pupils would open a standardised Google Docs form and select their year and the module they have just been taught
- Anonymously they would comment on various aspects such as learning objectives, skills they have acquired and the general success of the module for them
- These would then be gathered by myself – filtered for obvious irrelevant and unhelpful answers and then processed to help with future planning
The purpose of this? Well it seems a good idea at the very least. I know it's never a good idea to build something and define its use afterwards but this seems an educationally sound idea. We teach a lot to pupils who on the whole expect a lot from us. Apart from rare inspections and occasional observations how do we know we are doing a good job?
Comments very welcome …