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Transform.Ed Briefing #44
Inside the Briefing: Exams, Evaluations, and Assessments: learning to make the learning stick.
Recently, Dr. Anantha Duraiappah stressed how examinations affect both the mental wellbeing of learners and their learning experience. This raises some fundamental questions: why do we emphasize on assessments despite the stressful environment and negative impact they create on learners? What is the purpose they serve? Do the benefits of the current assessment regime serve the interests of learners and learning??
Any meaningful reform in education is incomplete without a reform in assessments and a paradigm shift in the intent and purpose of such assessments. Assessments can take diverse forms - ranging from continuous to periodic and informal to formal. However, it is the purpose and the function that creates the distinction. According to multiple studies, high-stakes testing has no positive correlation with enhanced academic achievement rather it has shown to decrease student motivation and an increase in dropout rates. In such a scenario, we need to incorporate elements such as gamification in assessments that can encourage students’ active engagement.
Gamification involving the use of game elements and mechanics while simulations employing the use of realistic environments are proven to enhance student engagement and improve experiential learning. Last week, we sought the opinions of our readers regarding the most promising path for assessments. 60% of the respondents believed that gamification and simulation are the way forward while the rest of them were evenly divided over continuous comprehensive evaluation and adaptive & personalized assessment.
As we delve into the evolving landscape of assessments, there is a pertinent question that we need to address: How can we strike a balance between the stress-inducing nature of assessments and their role in fostering student learning and success?
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