You are a few weeks into your course and the first major exam is approaching. You meet with your class once a week and think your students are grasping the content. How can you be sure? Formative assessment can be very useful data collected to gauge the learners’ understanding of the content. Here are a few tools that can help you better understand the progress learners are making and further support them.
Kahoot – Kahoot is a free website that will allow you to launch quiz questions to students within a synchronous session. You can share your screen to project the questions and students answer on their phones, or if you have a small group, you can discuss together the correct responses.
For more information: https://kahoot.com/
Google Forms – Google Forms is a free tool that allows you to create surveys and poll questions that could be used to quickly assess students on presented course material. Once administered, you can analyze organized data from charts or in a spreadsheet provided in Google. In addition, if you are collaborating with colleagues in the delivery of the course, they can edit, revise and view the form, as needed.
For more information: https://www.google.ca/forms/about
Quizalize – Quizalize works similarly to Kahoot, but allows the instructor to send to students via a link or present questions to them in a synchronous format. In other words, this can be an assignment given to students before or after class and does not need to be completed while meeting together. Instructors can see the results in a live platform to quickly identify the strengths and weaknesses of the group.
For more information: https://www.quizalize.com/
Mentimeter – Mentimeter allows instructors and presenters alike to prepare, engage, and follow-up with your learners’ progress. You can build interactive presentations and add questions to formatively assess the audience on the content. Learners use their smartphones to connect and respond to the questions presented.
For more information: https://www.mentimeter.com/
There are several more tools available to use when collecting formative assessment data, but the above three are a sample of those that can be implemented fairly quick and easily. If you have any questions or need assistance with your course, please reach out to the instructional design team.