5 Ways To Use CourseKey Assessments

Assessments are a cornerstone of education. Not only do they provide an opportunity for students to showcase their learning, but they grant educators insight into student understanding of course material. 

While the education landscape has been permanently altered, the need for assessments remains unchanged. Within the CourseKey platform, schools have access to a versatile assessment tool to utilize in their courses, no matter if they’re used in online, on-ground, or blended learning programs. 

Read on to learn about five ways to use CourseKey assessments.

1. Conduct spot checks to keep engagement high

For instructors of online courses, keeping students engaged is an ongoing challenge. Many instructors conduct attendance in the beginning of class and then go on to complete their lesson for the day without providing opportunities for students to be involved. One the occasions that instructors do ask for student input, it’s typically only the same few extroverts who volunteer to participate.When it comes to online courses, instructors have even less visibility into their students’ body language and levels of engagement due to the limitations of video conferencing technology.

Through CourseKey’s assessments, however, instructors have the ability to conduct spot checks throughout the lesson to make sure students are still involved and focused. By pushing a simple multiple choice question to students’ devices, instructors can identify in real-time which students, if any, aren’t focusing on the lesson.

2. Poll students for feedback

Similar to spot checks, instructors are able to send out simple polls asking students how well they’re following/understanding the material. This is a simple way for students to inform their instructors that they’re feeling lost or are struggling with part of the lesson without having to be shy about admitting it in front of their peers.

Conducting polls on a consistent basis is especially useful in online courses, where students have fewer opportunities to interact directly with their instructors than in on-ground classes and may still be adjusting to the new course model.

Understanding whether students feel confident with the content during the lesson also helps instructors calibrate the remainder of the lesson. When the majority of students are reporting they’re feeling confident, instructors can keep moving on with the planned lesson. But when a large proportion of students identify that they’re struggling with a concept, knowing right away lets the instructor decide whether to spend more time helping students understand better before moving on.

CourseKey assessments provide educators with a versatile tool to conduct evaluations in any learning environment. 

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3. Schedule homework assignments

With CourseKey, instructors can schedule assignments for students to complete outside of class time.

For example, if students are assigned to read a chapter of a textbook before the next class, instructors can schedule a short assessment for students to fill out while they’re reading. This way, students are practicing active reading and instructors can be sure that students are actually completing their reading assignments. Plus, instructors can then see which sections of a reading gave students more trouble and spend extra time during class covering those concepts.

4. Administer quizzes and tests

As our recent survey found, many institutions have students come to campus to complete quizzes and exams. While this may be the most familiar way to administer assessments, it is certainly not the safest. It is also not the most effective way to spend the valuable time instructors and students are in the same place.

With CourseKey, instructors can push out quizzes in any learning environment. With nine different question types available, assessments can be customized to fit the needs of each content block. Plus, program directors and other admins can schedule start and stop times for the entire module at the beginning, meaning instructors don’t have to log on just to activate assessments for their students every time one needs to be made available. To help combat fraud and academic dishonesty, assessments can be tied to attendance so that only students on the roster checking in with Face/Print ID will have access to the quiz.

Not only can assessments be easily created and administered, but they can be automatically graded as well. This spares instructors hours of manual work that comes with grading student assessments individually.

This also allows students to see their results right away. Students get an update on their grade in real-time, influencing how they proceed through their program. They can also see which questions they got wrong while the content is still fresh in their mind. Students can work on correcting what they missed right away instead of having to wait days for instructors to manually grade results and hand them back.

5. Conduct observational assessments

In career colleges, there are many instances in which a student performs a physical task and an instructor evaluates their performance. Through the CourseKey platform, instructors can conduct observational assessments, sparing them the hassles that come with handling paper evaluations, misplaced hard copies, or inaccurate data transfers. The digital copy lives within CourseKey students and instructors can both sign off to verify the observation occurred.

Assessments for any environment

Whether instructors are launching an assessment while class is in session, assigning homework outside of class hours, or conducting an evaluation during a lab or clinical, CourseKey’s user-friendly assessment capabilities can manage it all. Thanks to convenient features like auto-grading, instructors can conduct assessments while bypassing the tedious manual tasks that traditionally accompany paper processes.

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