If you can’t tell by the headline, we’re talking grading and assessing online student work with Jonathan E. Martin, of Jonathan E. Martin EdServices, in episode 21 of Blackbaud K-12’s Get Connected podcast.
Earlier this fall, we published Jonathan’s new e-book, Grading And Assessing Online Student Work (you can get your free copy here). He explores the core concepts and key strategies that you can use today.
In it, Jonathan shares fourteen methods for effective online assessment and grading to help teachers broaden their thinking and consider new opportunities.
In a return appearance on the show, Jonathan shares his top five methods (you’ll see an outline of what we covered in the show notes below) and talks about some of the things that surprised him the most as he researched and wrote the book.
After listening to the episode (& hopefully downloading your free copy of the e-book), what strikes you the most? What are some of your favorite approaches to grading and assessing online student work? Leave us a comment below. We’d love to hear from you!
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- Jonathan begins the conversation by sharing the premise of the book and what drew him to the topic.
- In the book, Jonathan laid out 14 methods for effective online assessment. #1 on the list was “Design Deliberately.” When it comes to getting started with online work, he suggests setting “aside your preconceptions and begin anew.” Why is this important, you ask? Jonathan explains.
- Jonathan encourages teachers to take an online course before preparing one. So logical, but probably an easy step to miss. He talks about why modelling the method makes sense.
- Are you exploiting the online environment? Jonathan recommends that you get started doing so today! Hear his thinking and learn how teachers can take advantage of where kids “already are.”
- Jonathan makes the point that “if you’re reinventing your instructional practice to align with the demands and opportunities online environments provide, why wouldn’t you also reinvent your assessments?” Learn what shape this might take.
- Jonathan raises an interesting point that by embracing the online environment, you may also make it more challenging to know if the student did the work. This problem is mushrooming as online learning takes hold. Discover ways you can discourage cheating and ultimately better challenge your students.
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