MCQs turned out to be a much more significant and sophisticated assessment method than I had realised. There is no shortage of research on their uses, particularly in TEFL and for examinations. We are researching and testing various MCQs, and more recently ARQs, as well as question level analysis and how feedback can be used to enhance the teaching processes as promote pupil’s learning. In the first instance we are engaging students with their feedback, in techniques such as "ghost marking," and the feed-forward actions pupils undertake (identifying areas they need to address and constructing learning targets). Second, we are investigating the within question variation and inter-class variations in assessment. Identifying areas for re-teaching, to address misunderstanding or learning blind spots and opportunities for teacher collaboration. Why don’t you join us?
Our investigations with Quick Key mobile app scanning continues. Our confidence in the app is growing, our site licence fee paid. We will soon be ready to collaborate. Quick Key enhancements ideas are coming forward and our question design discussions are taxing and stimulating in equal measure. In the previous post I mentioned that we going to investigate “how small, too small .... Read more and bookmark.
A few months back I asked all the exam boards if they could share the most common exam mistakes made by candidates, common exam blind spots or pot holes. I did ask for trade secrets, nor what was going to be in the Geology GCSE paper, nor how to out fox the wily examiner through stealth and cunning. Just some common sense, helpfulness. Two months later, the MATHS team at AQA kindly shared .... Read more and bookmark.
The in-tray exercise and the parent or carer concern/complaint. Two common tasks, often presented simultaneously. Here are a few reflections. Read the tasks, highlight or focus on the key points not the narrative / detail. Set a timer. Note when the task / letter was sent, received and whether or not there is deadline? Are you the most appropriate person to deal with it or should it .... Read more and bookmark.
We are really moving with our Quick Key projects. 6 departments are now quizzing and scanning assessments. Two departments are racing ahead, Geography and MFL. Geography are preparing their first whole year assessment, as a precursor to their baseline assessment for next September. MFL are translating their homework grammar booklets to MCQs with embedded Quick Tickets for marking. This week, in .... Read more and bookmark.