Big Ideas: Flipped Assessment
Historically assessment has not been seen as a positive event. But it doesn’t have to be a negative. Consider new assessment strategies that place the learner in control. Flipped assessment is a term to go along with the flipped classroom but its roots are from a real assessment strategy – “formative assessment.”
Formative assessment is the assessment at regular intervals of a student’s progress with accompanying feedback to improve performance. Assessment is embedded within the lesson and provides immediate feedback enhancing learning.
Traditional assessments are given at the end of instruction and test what you recall from the training event and evaluate learning according to a benchmark that is set by the trainer. They don’t capture behavior change, they capture memory retention.
Our assessments efforts should instead focus on measuring behavior change in the context of work. As Learning and Development professionals, our goal is to build skills and change behaviors. To do this, you’ve got to include assessment. People need to understand where they are now and where they need be to see the gap in their skills and give them goals to work toward.
What makes flipped assessment different is the fact that happens in the flow of learning. Not at the end of learning. It allows the learner and you to measure their individual strengths and weaknesses and focus on their unique learning needs. It is frequent, interactive and checks the user’s progress and understanding throughout the learning in order to identify learning gaps and adjust learning appropriately.
Imagine today’s modern worker who is overwhelmed, distracted, and not engaged with learning having to take traditional assessments at the end of a long training program. For those that fail, you may lose some of them as learners and in today’s fast changing work environment, we need to be creating workers who are eagerly continuously learning.
When you are thinking about using flipped assessments, keep in mind these three questions for the learner.
- What is the learning goal?
- How will you determine the knowledge gap?
- How will you map out a strategy to get them to mastery?
If you still need convincing:
- It is a more meaningful assessment of an individual’s ability.
- It makes you a collaborative partner with the learner to align what you know the business needs with the individual’s current state of understanding because it provides summaries of learning progress.
- It allows you to diagnose and address strengths and weaknesses for the individual.
- It allows you to motivate further learning.
Feedback is an integral part of this assessment strategy. Using Live Content Studio you can collect useful and meaningful analytics allowing you to track just how your users interacted with the live applications.