Tay Kian Leng Patrick
The point put forth by the author strikes me as very true and relevent in today's context.Its a fact that assessment drives learning. No matter how much teachers try to change the way they teach and how students learn, the bottom line will always be the way the students are going to be assessed.How many times have we heard from our school leaders-" You should be innovative and creative in the way you teach, try to explore new ways of making learning come alive. Try not to be conform by the syllabus and curriculum, BUT explore these at sec 1-3 level and LEAVE the graduating classes alone."Therefore assessment actually played an important role in shaping the way teachers teach and students learn
In the process of instructional design, teachers/trainers can start off with the learning objectives and subsequently ends up in the design of assessment. Some teachers/trainers start off with the assessment before going back to the learning objectives and the learning content. These two approaches are the common approaches all these while.I feel that there are two dimensions in the writer's comments : one, is to do away with the "out of the sky test" approach. This has to do with our discussion in the earlier part of MID822 in which we briefly talked about the Formative and Summative Assessments. In other words, assessment cannot be merely a 'once in a blue moon' approach or done once at the end of the educational term.Another dimension in the writer's comment is to adopt the different elements of assessment in games in education as well so that learners do not feel or sense the assessment aspect. It is true that many of us will not feel that we are being assessed when playing games yet the truth is that such assessments are always present or embedded in games. I thick the writer is commenting from this perspective.
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