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Teaching Meeting: Formative assessment as the bridge between teaching and learning

Date: Time: 15:00 Location: Online

On 21 January, educational expert Dominique Sluijsmans will introduce you to the use of formative assessments, an educational method that helps to get a grip on students' study progress, whereby the emphasis is no longer on the moments of assessment, but on the learning process itself.

Teaching Meetings are devoted to the many changes and challenges we face in providing online education. In these webinars several guest lecturers will delve deeper into the many possibilities there are with regards to online and blended teaching: on to creating the best online experience in 2021! In this Teaching Meeting: Formative assessment as the bridge between teaching and learning.

Formative assessment

Since assessment often drives students’ learning, it is no surprise that students highly focus on the assessment and assessment format. A risk of too many summative assessments is cramming and short-term learning: for students it becomes most important to pass the test. To promote long-term learning in which students’ are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning, it is worthwhile to emphasize the formative purpose of assessment. The purpose of formative assessment is to organise activities undertaken by teachers and students which helps them to timely modify teaching and learning activities. Formative assessments yield information that help students understand where they are in their learning, where they need to be, and how they are going to get there.

In her contribution, Dominique Sluijsmans will outline how formative assessment practices can be embedded in the curriculum and what important steps are towards an assessment culture in which the formative and summative assessment are balanced.

In addition, TiSEM lecturer Inge Geyskens will share a best practice on formative assessment.

After this Teaching Meeting you will know what formative assessments are, the importance of it and how to imply it yourself.  

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  • Thursday January 21 from 15:00 to 16:00 hrs.

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