CHS Faculty: SRES – Authentic Weekly Formative Assessments (via Smartphones in class)

Lecturer, Lloyd Leach has created an interactive blended-learning environment for 2nd year Sports, Recreation & Exercise Science (SRES) students. The module (SRE 217) teaches students about the functions of human physiological systems related to health and well-being under various conditions.  The online environment features a range of eTools which aid teaching-and-learning strategies for both the lecturer and student. The lecturer makes extensive use of online assessments within the environment, which forms part of students’ continuous assessment grades.

Weekly Review Questions

At the start of each week, students are given access to an exercise consisting of ‘Weekly Review Questions’. These exercises are posted to students via the Announcements and Course Resources eTools. Hence, students are notified via email as soon as it becomes available. The formative assessments focus on concepts and topics discussed during the week, allowing students to consistently engage with course content beyond the classroom. Furthermore, it aims to reinforce knowledge and understanding.

Students access iKamva (MCQ weekly tests) via Smartphones: Pre-&-post class time

The Test & Quizzes eTool is used to engage with students on a weekly basis.  These include both pre-&-post tests. It should be noted that the students takes at least 5 – 10 minutes (prior to the face-to-face lecture), to access the specific online test. They make use of their smartphones in class to access iKamva. Hence the lecturer is able to guide them through the test (in class), which is accessible via a secure, stable wifi connection.

Furthermore, after the actual lecture, the students are provided 5 minutes to engage in another online test. They also access the test via their smartphones (in class). The lecturer is cognisant that not all students have access to smartphones. Hence, students are sharing. We (CIECT) have observed how a Community of Practice unfolds within Lloyd’s class.

Moreover, this assessment intervention allows students to engage with key concepts prior and post the actual face-to-face lecture.

Assessment intervention enables lecturer to identify high-risk students

Making use of the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type, tests are designed and developed to engage the students’ cognitive levels regarding the subject. This helps the lecture to observe how the students are coping with the subject matter; and applies support interventions accordingly.  This assessment method also helps to identify students that is at risk and may require remedial work.

The purpose of a MCQ is to measure a student’s ability in relation to the subject knowledge. The lecturer used strategic questions to gain information regarding the recall, interpretation or problem solving.

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