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Continuous assessment will benefit adult learners, teacher says

Teacher Rolf Stuvik is convinced assessment for learning, which promotes assessment at all stages in the learning process, will benefit all students, regardless of their education level or life situation.

“I think that assessment for learning is something for our school,” says Rolf, who teaches at Nygård grunnskole for voksne, a school in Bergen, Norway, that provides primary school education for adults.

Rolf was one of about 40 teachers who attended a seminar on assessment for learning in early October hosted by itslearning trainer Jonny Eriksen.

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itslearning trainer Jonny Eriksen addressing teachers at a seminar on assessment for learning.

Teachers work less, students achieve better results

At the seminar, Eriksen demonstrated how teachers can use itslearning to practice assessment for learning. He demonstrated how to set up a course in itslearning with descriptions of learning objectives and what students have learned at different stages in the semester.

“Students learn best when they understand what they must learn,” Eriksen says. “With traditional assessment methods, it’s too late. Students are not able to learn more, they are not able to know what they should have learned. That opportunity is lost.”

Eriksen demonstrated how students can publish articles on blogs, and then discuss the articles in discussion forums on itslearning. Teachers were also encouraged to have their students take self-correcting tests to increase the amount of times they are assessed. He also recommended teachers to gauge student opinion of the learning process, and then use their responses for the next course.

Teacher to implement techniques presented at seminar

Rolf plans to incorporate these tips in his teaching. His students are often asylum seekers who have never attended school. But they are still able to access itslearning to view pictures and listen to audio clips to learn the curriculum. Rolf sees many advantages to using assessment for learning together with the platform to boost student performance.

“It’s definitely an advantage to show the students what we will go through. It’s also good to give students assignments so they can practice and receive assessment along the way. There were a lot of good pedagogical tools presented at today’s seminar.”

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