Evaluating content: feedback and assessment

Feedback and assessment must be integral to course design. Every course and program should be designed to provide opportunities for students to engage with feedback both for themselves, as for you as a teacher.

Lesson goals and objectives

In this lesson you will learn:

  • that it is of importance to evaluate the content you have developed
  • that there are a lot of useful tools to evaluate and reflect on this

Evaluation of your teaching materials is part of the evaluation of your lessons. It is always wise to ask the students for their response at the end of a lesson or series of lessons. What went well and what could be improved? As a teacher you can learn a lot and you are never out of practice.

There are simple methods to question the students and evaluate your lessons. The simplest and most applicable in a classroom is a feedback conversation. Students feel seen and appreciated when they have the opportunity to provide their teacher with feedback. In addition, you make use of the knowledge that young people have about new technology and in this way you connect to the needs they have in learning.

There are also simple digital ways to evaluate your lessons. A digital questionnaire I created Forms or in Survey Monkey is quick to create and gives clear results.

In the suggested reading material you will find useful tools for reflection such as:

– the 5R framework for reflection: reporting, responding, relating, reasoning, reconstructing
– the CARL framework: context, action, reflection and learning
– the four F’s of active reviewing: facts, feelings, findings and future
– Gibbs reflective cycle: description, feelings, evaluation, analysis, conclusion and action plan
– the integrated reflective cycle: experience, reflecting on action, theory and preparation
– what? So what? Now what?