Formative assessments are used during a learning activity to improve learning and provide (automatic) feedback – students can then return to the material and work on their deficiencies. It can move the focus away from achieving grades and onto learning processes, in order to increase self-efficacy and self-motivation.
Why use formative assessments
Formative assessments are tests, quizzes or assignments that are meant to assess performance for diagnostic purposes that require students to retrieve knowledge and apply it. A formative assignment helps students to determine whether they have mastered the material and can be used to activate students to deepen their knowledge.
How to make a formative assessment
A formative assessment can be made in, for example, Canvas Assignments. There are many different approaches to formative assessments. It can be a quick quiz to assess students’ knowledge level, you may ask students to draw a concept map to represent their understanding of a topic or you can create an assignment to submit one or two sentences identifying the main point of the lecture. When using a learning environment such as Canvas it is possible to keep track of students’ progress via learning analytics. You can provide feedback on their progress and you can modify instructions to fit students’ needs in order to optimize teaching and learning success.
How can we help
We can help you to choose between the different available tools, how to use them and how to implement them in your course design.