Topic 5: Assessing student learning in collaborative activities

Step 1 – Assess student learning in collaborative activities fairly and equitably

  • Define clear learning objectives: Before designing a collaborative learning activity, clearly define the learning objectives that you want students to achieve. This will help you to develop assessment criteria that are fair and equitable.
  • Design assessment criteria that measure individual learning: When designing assessment criteria, make sure to measure individual learning as well as group performance. This can be done by developing criteria that assess students’ individual contributions to the group, their understanding of the course material, and their ability to apply what they have learned to new situations.
  • Use multiple assessment methods: Use multiple assessment methods to get a complete picture of student learning. This may include individual assignments, group projects, and presentations.
  • Provide students with opportunities to reflect on their learning: Give students opportunities to reflect on their learning in collaborative activities. This can be done through journaling, self-assessment rubrics, or peer reviews.

Step 2 – Use digital technologies to support assessment of collaborative learning

  • Use digital tools to collect student work: Use digital tools to collect student work from collaborative activities. This can be done through online submission systems, cloud-based storage platforms, or video conferencing tools.
  • Use digital tools to facilitate peer review: Use digital tools to facilitate peer review of student work. This can be done through online discussion forums, wikis, or peer review platforms.
  • Use digital tools to provide feedback to students: Use digital tools to provide feedback to students on their individual and group work. This can be done through online grading systems, video conferencing tools, or written feedback.
  • Use digital tools to track student progress: Use digital tools to track student progress in collaborative activities. This can be done through learning management systems, group project management tools, or online analytics tools.

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