PRACTICE 2: How can TET competence be meaningfully assessed?

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In this week’s learning activity we’d like you to reflect on the processes of self- and peer-assessment, and to write your reflections in your learning diary. To help you with this, here are some questions to ask yourself:

1) Why and how is self and peer assessment important to me?

2) When I have engaged in self and peer assessment about my professional practice in the past, what were the most useful benefits I gained from the processes and outcomes? To answer this question you can reflect on your short self-assessment you did in module 1’s learning activity, and any other self or peer assessment processes you have engaged in.

3) And what about the aspects I have found most challenging when engaging in self and peer assessment?

4) How often do I take part in self and peer assessment? What stops me from doing this more often (is this due to time constraints, to a lack of knowledge about the benefits or how to go about this effectively, or perhaps a school culture which doesn’t encourage this?) There can be many factors, but identifying what these are will help you think about how you might overcome them to allow yourself the opportunity to benefit more from self and peer assessment.

5) Finally, what precise gains do I expect to receive from being involved in self and peer assessment, and how can I ensure I obtain them? And what are my biggest concerns and fears in this regard? How might I find ways to overcome these? Being involved in this course is a good start.

Practice 1

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Create your Learning Diary. In your first entry you should describe the evidence you have uploaded (including a link to it if possible), explaining the context in which it was used and how effective your or your students’ use of technology was to achieve the intended learning outcomes. To help you write this self-reflection you can ask yourself some important questions, which were also mentioned in the Module 1 Introduction video. These include:

1) What was the added value of using technology for this teaching/learning task? What did it enable me/my students to effectively do?

2) Did I effectively integrate the technology into my lesson plan, linking it clearly to the learning objectives and syllabus?

3) Was the technology used to its full potential, and did I and my students have the sufficient digital skills to benefit from it? If not, why not, and how might I make sure this is the case in the future?

4) Did the technology support learner choice and personalized learning? Did students use the technology to manage their own learning, by choosing the appropriate resources or tools to support their work?

5) Did the way I use the technology allow the learner to be a co-designer of their learning, and not only a consumer but also a producer?

6) Did my use of the technology allow my students to go beyond learning traditional subject-based competences and develop more transversal 21st century skills such as collaborative problem solving?

7) Did I allow enough time for students to work with the technology, and what could I have done to make the activity run more smoothly?

Please feel free to add any other reflections useful for your own learning and to improve your practice next time.