Remote Learning Assessment Resources
Remote Teaching Resources
Colby, Bates & Bowdoin Pedagogy Matters conference has joined forces with the May Institute to have a spring edition running live May 26-28, 2020. Bates-facing sessions in the midday will be recorded and available in Lyceum in early June even if you do not register. But if you are able to attend live, more information here. Kika Stump will be facilitating a Learning Assessment roundtable session with Dr. Keiko Konoeda, Dr. Josh Rubin, and Dr. Kristen Barnett on Thursday at 1:15-2:15PM. If you cannot attend live and want to submit questions, feel free to email Kika at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bates College ILS webpage on Teaching Remotely has MANY resources and can be your go-to source for Lyceum and Zoom – Video and Web Conferencing and using YouTube to share videos. They also have some insights and resources for planning and ideas for approaching online teaching.
Bates Dean of Faculty has webpages dedicated to remote teaching as well as communications and policies. College-level announcements are found on the Bates COVID-19 webpage. Logistic and technical resources are available at the IT Helpdesk page.
Google Docs can also be a valuable tool for interactive engagement with documents. Keep in mind that all people who share access to a document can change it at any time, even at the same time you are working on it!
If you prefer an asynchronous (not simultaneous) method for exchanging revised documents, enabling the “Track Changes” option under “Review” in Microsoft Word can be valuable. See some tips from UMichigan on using these features, especially with thesis students.
Group Work & Collaboration
There are some wonderful ways to collaborate and pull together the work of your students from afar, such as the Anthro Mini Lectures Project and the collective art tile shown on this page created separately by students at Crestwood School and compiled by their teachers.
You may not have to throw a whole idea out because of the remote context…try adaptations, such as verbal feedback via phone or chat instead of written comments on papers.
This is not an easy time, for anyone. There are some good insights and tips to remind us that we are human and our capacity is not unlimited, so be compassionate (to others and yourself!). Here are some thoughts from the higher education world and beyond (maybe not quite as far away as the photo of Earth on this page, but it does give perspective!)…
Recover the Joy of Teaching – Chronicle of Higher Education – tips for remote teaching as well as reminding us of the stuff we’ve always loved about teaching
The Values We Hold are Paramount – Wheaton College – revisiting our core goals, especially as logistics and contexts change
Abruptly Teaching Online – Inside Higher Ed – straightforward explanation of some basics, good starting and good reminder
Teaching Remotely – UMass Amherst – many technical, practical resources and links as well as examples
Coping with Coronavirus – Chronicle of Higher Education – collection of essays ranging from technical advice to emotional well-being
Maintain your own support networks: write letters to old friends, continue department meetings even if just to say hello, or have a conference call dinner party with colleagues (even if it ends up like this hilarious video).
Assessment in a Remote Teaching Environment
All kinds of assessment considerations and methods found in this comprehensive “Hitch-hiker’s Guide to Alternate Assessment” by Damien Gordon.
Some faculty have found success in adapting online exams to open-book with various strategies to enhance academic integrity. Be familiar with various remote exam options while staying aware of the benefits and barriers of conducting online exams.
There is much debate about the best approach to grade remotely, especially in a quick transition situation. Bates announced its adapted grade policy, but there are still various course-level grading approaches for faculty to consider.
It is critical for faculty to create content accessible to all students in their courses, including students with special learning needs or essential accommodations. Bates Office of Accessible Education and Student Support has many resources to help faculty with remote teaching.
A climate of transparency and integrity builds a strong foundation for honesty and preventing cheating. However, the quick change to a remote context can highlight issues. Some suggested guidelines:
- Focus more on academic integrity and less on cheating.
- Students adhere to academic integrity when more frequent, lower stakes assessments (including formative assessments) are incorporated into a course.
- Remind students of relevant elements of Bates Code of Student Conduct just prior to assessed work.
- Build strong connections between your course goals or learning objectives and what you assess.
- Communicate clearly and be transparent about the specific, concrete expectations of work in its specific context. Is group work allowed? What materials or technologies may be used?
Similar to connecting with students, asking for academic reflections or intellectual reflections offer an important way to develop relationships with students and reiterate learning goals of a course.
Assessing student reflection is tricky. Consider the learning goal to determine if you will assess or just respond. Be transparent from the beginning for students so they know how to approach the reflection also.
Resources to Remind of Good Practice in Any Situation
Inclusive Language for Student Success (this focuses on a syllabus, but applicable to online materials or rubrics also) – UNC
Microagressions to Microresistance – Boise State University
Growth Mindset (Carol Dweck) via Brain Pickings – key to remember that in teaching often it is not the struggling student who needs to develop a growth mindset, it is the teacher who needs to adopt a growth mindset about learners as well as adaptation of their own practice.