It is a universally agreed fact that feedback is crucial in assessing a learner’s understanding of a subject. It is the most powerful single influence that makes a difference to a learner’s intellectual achievements. From a teacher’s point of view, an assessment is ‘What he/she wants students to know and to be able to do’, which is very different from classroom teaching that mainly focuses on correct answers or content. A broader view of assessment is to be developed in view of the fast changing learning culture.
It is imperative that learners (either students or employees) have adequate time to be assessed or take the assessment tests. The four types of assessments are detailed below:
The ability of application of knowledge. This type of assessment refers to the learners’ ability to perform tasks by applying their knowledge and by demonstrating that they can use the knowledge in a meaningful problem-solving strategy. Experiments in science are a good example of this. While conducting 8th Intellectual Olympiad 2012-13 experiments, learners demonstrate their knowledge in a particular area and their ability to apply the scientific process. For example, analyzing data and drawing meaningful inferences. The ability to solve mathematical problems is another example of this type of assessment.
Periodical tests or examinations are conducted to measure the learners’ knowledge of content in different disciplines. Giving assignments to learners is also a part of this type of assessment. Typically, learners are required to write tests/examinations on assigned topics in different types, i.e. either subjective or objective types. Writing assignments require thinking, problem-solving, composing and appropriate written expression.
Portfolio assessment is nothing but assessing the learners’ overall performance in a course over a period of time. It is like preparing a progress report of each learner. Portfolios, in fact, are purposefully collected examples of the learners’ work that portray their achievements, progress and endeavor. Both processes and products of learning are included in it. Portfolios may focus on one or more academic achievement. The learners’ self-evaluation is an important component of portfolio development. Portfolios exhibit children’s authentic work samples. They enable teachers and parents to understand the learners’ activities and their gradual development.
Demonstration of knowledge is the last and not the least type of assessment. It requires learners to demonstrate that they have learned the content and skills required for the successful completion of a course or a training programme. It is like on-the-job-training programme or internship. The purpose behind this type of assessment is to encourage learners to demonstrate mastery by addressing significant challenges that require interdisciplinary analysis. The science fair conducted by students is a good example of this type of assessment. Another example is viva voce, in which learners answer essential questions within a discipline. This type of assessment enables learners (either students or employees) to apply a wide range of analytical skills in solving complex real-world problems. Eduranet’s mission is to measure the learners’ performance from different angles and guide them in their future pursuit of knowledge and skills. Eduranet’s honest advice to the learners of its courses is “MEASURE UP TO THE EXPECTATIONS.
This Olympiad is a very important aspect. They are treating all alike. No one is partial. It should be conducted more often. They are seeing the talents. It is a wonderful experience. I ‘ll definitely like to congratulate all the children who have participated. Judges are also a big intellectuals. They treated us in very wonderful manner. It is very important to bring our talents and knowledge. I can never forget this olympiad in my life.
Medal Winner – EIO ’09
This olympiad has helped me a lot in many ways. Olympiads like these should be conducted more frequently like these should be conducted more frequently as they are very interesting and they also urge us to think about different things. Confidence levels are also effected. This olympiad has also helped me realise what competitive exams are like. Also the examiners were very patient and they advised us so that we would do better which was very encouraging and helpful. I hope there are more such olympiads. Overall a great experience.
Medal Winner – EIO ’09
The program was fantastic. It gave us a lot of knowledge which is very helpful. I am sure that I will put the advise into action and prove to be a much more improvised leader. that what I am.
Gold Medal Winner – EIO ’09