By: Sonia Di Maulo, Founder and Lead Feedback Enthusiast
|* Proposed answer to question posed in the title below… keep reading.
Evaluation Kills Learning
I recently attended a presentation entitled, Assessment:The Silent Killer of Learning by Eric Mazur. The focus was on assessment in higher education yet the themes worked very well for organizational assessment. Below is the abstract:
In corporate education, measurement fails to focus on the application of the new skills, knowledge and attitude after learning events and the expected impact for the future of the organization and it’s customers.
Improvement: The Goal of Evaluation
The talk blew my mind. And given that I was going to lead my own course in higher education the very next day, I wanted to make changes! And change, application or improvement after learning is the ultimate goal, right?
So I assessed my own curriculum and found that I was doing some things right:
What I hadn’t considered was to include the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IFAT) or Calibrated Peer Review (CPR)… thank you Mr. Mazur. The purpose of assessment in higher education is to enable and grow independant thinking that lives past the final exam, right? I would like to enable learners to innovate and take these ideas to create new ideas… as new ideas can help find solutions to future challenges and change the world! Are we creating leaders for the future or for the past?
If a student asks me what I want for an assignment, I answer, “What do you want to give me?” I would like to foster a focus on learning before grades and attempt to provide structure and guidance to enable this.
Evaluating Adult Learning Projects
And I look forward to trying these new techniques during my new workshop: Evaluating Adult Learning Projects.
So, I will be demonstrating “Evaluation Techniques” while teaching “Evaluation”. It will be a double challenge for me, given this is the first time I deliver this course design… and I feel up to the challenge.
The course will mainly focus on designing and managing evaluation and measurement of non-capital expenditures in the corporate world, with an emphasis on how to do this in the educational setting.
So the answer to the question offered by this blog post, Why Evaluate Adult Learning Projects? is simple. To:
This is a chain reaction that MUST be planned in this order and measured starting with #5, as one impacts the other. And if we don’t evaluate, then:
Everything is connected. We are all responsible for impact of the projects we design. Let’s prove the value of learning beyond “smile sheets”. Together anything is possible!
Reflection During Learning
This blog post will host my students learnings over the next 6 weeks. They will post weekly learnings and have the opportunity to read each other’s learnings week after week. The goal is to post learnings and impact beyond a summary and to create a community of learning where we all help each other to learn and grow!
The goals of this reflective exercise are to:
They will use their weekly postings to present their final assignment, which presents what they are able to do (and what they will do) with their learnings once the workshop is done!
Your INVITATION: As students post their learnings, I would like to invite you to learn right along with us (I have learned so much from students!). Please share your own thoughts and conclusions and create a learning community beyond our little (yet powerful) learning group.
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