Class participation can be a helpful way to assess your students’ learning and get feedback on your instructional effectiveness throughout the semester. Listed below are tools for tracking student responses and evaluating student learning.
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Polling is widely used in higher education. It allows faculty to quickly gauge student understanding and gives students a quick comparison of their understanding relative to their classmates. Web-based polling tools allow faculty to display questions and collect responses via a website. Students respond from a website or mobile app, or sending a text message. Students can also give short text responses to questions. Since polling is generally anonymous, students can be honest about what they know or might need more help with. Faculty can get a sense of how well the entire class is learning the material, and students can get a sense of where they fall in relation to their peers. Polling can also improve class participation and can help faculty improve their teaching materials and style. To learn more about our polling tool visit In-Class Polling page.
Tracking student responses with the Seating Chart tool
Berkeley Law’s Seating Chart tool is a great way to learn student names, but it also has a feature that lets you keep track of student responses. By clicking on the icons of students in the seating chart, you can specify the question you asked and how that student responded. Throughout the semester these responses are tracked so you can quickly view the quantity and quality of answers from students.
bCourses makes it really easy to use quizzes which you can taylor to your needs to track student’s understanding of taught materials. Both quizzes and polls can be posted outside of class, allowing students to respond at their own time and pace. Learn more about bCourses quizzes here.
Student journals as assessment tools: Blogs and Podcasts
Blogs and Podcasts can provide a great way to track student responses online. Each student or group of students can be given a blog or podcast to discuss class topics, readings or lectures. It gives students that may not talk in class a great way to share their thoughts with you online. Students that do speak often in class will be able to think through the reading materials and elaborate a response to them before they go to class, so they have a refined point of view. By the end of the semester, you can easily track the learning of your students, since all of their discussions will be in one location. Blogs and podcasts can be published publicly or in a restricted way but making them public discourages students from writing in a casual voice. It also allows students to easily read each others work.