Accurately Assessing Student Performance

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All instructors want their learners to get something out of their courses whether they are elementary school students, college students, or adult learners in a corporate environment. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to accurately measure student performance with variables such as access to educational opportunities, learner interest, and each learner's preferred learning style in play. We are Turning, and we have specialized in transforming traditional education into active learning engagement since 2002. The secret to our success is our e³ philosophy of equity, evidence, and engagement that's designed to drive better student outcomes. Our latest project is Dojo360: the learning engagement platform built for everyone, everywhere. Keep reading to find out more about how our platform can help you measure student performance.

How to Measure Student Performance?

Most people think of exams when it comes to measuring student performance, but that's only half of the equation. Direct measures of student performance include formal assessments, quizzes, homework assignments, reports, and anything else that earns a grade. These indicators tell you how students are faring in a course by results, but not necessarily whether a student is using that information in other contexts. Indirect measures of student performance such as course evaluations, student surveys, and course enrollment information are therefore necessary supplements to create a more complete picture of what students are getting out of education.

Assessments aren't cut and dry either. Summative assessments are what most people think of when they think of assessments, and they measure how much information a learner retained from a course or chapter. Unfortunately, the results of these assessments typically arrive too late for instructors to intervene and help struggling students catch up with their peers. Formative assessments include anything entailing instructor feedback and can range from encouragement in an email to a marked-up draft of a written assignment. Formative assessment should be a daily, ongoing occurrence if instructors want to help their learners unlock their full potential.

How Can I Measure Student Performance Online?

The easiest way to measure student performance online is to choose a great educational platform that automates as much of the process as possible. For example, Dojo360 includes intuitive dashboards that show admins who are taking which courses, how often they are attending them, whether they are completing any self-paced assignments associated with a course, and their performance on summative assessments. Instructors can also build quizzes directly into course content for real-time insight into how much information learners are absorbing.

If learners need a helping hand, instructors can assign them to remedial courses individually or in groups or invite them to take an assessment again after further preparation. You can also set it so that students see which questions they missed as soon as an exam is over, giving them the evidence they need to address any knowledge gaps independently.

Dojo360 also simplifies indirect measures of student performance. For instance, our platform includes numerous communication tools such as threaded message boards and live chat capabilities to make it easy for instructors to provide valuable feedback to learners. You can also send out student surveys after every course to hear what students think could've been done differently. The electronic format can even promote equity in education by ensuring that even shy students feel comfortable sharing their opinions.

If you're wondering how student motivation can enhance performance, the relationship is exactly what you would expect. Engaged learners do better on assessments and retain more information than their disengaged peers, so Dojo360 offers several features to promote engagement. Gamification through leaderboards and badges can be a great way to encourage learners of all ages to feel invested in what they are studying, while mobile-friendly content allows learners to choose where, when, and how they complete self-paced assignments. Working with others can also be intellectually stimulating, and Dojo360's communication tools support peer-to-peer collaboration just as well as teacher-pupil interactions.

Are You Sure that I Could Make Use of All of These Features?

Dojo360 meets or exceeds all WCAG 2.0 guidelines, meaning that it is designed to help all learners and instructors access educational content. If you're interested in seeing how simple and powerful tracking student performance can be, book a demo today! Dojo360 is engaged learning made easy.

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