As an educator, there’s often a balance you need to find between providing students with ongoing opportunities to improve, and managing your own workload. Continuous assessment is a great way to better engage your students, but it might seem impossible to introduce, without it completely taking over your workload.
Cadmus gives you the opportunity to individually engage students through assessment tasks, in a simplified environment. Students can easily access resources, write responses to tasks, and then submit. By setting up assessments in Cadmus, you have insight into whether or not students are actually engaging with the material and completing pre-class work. This means you can take actions to guide their learning and ensure they’re able to get the most out of class time.
If you’re starting to think about how continuous assessment could fit into your teaching, here’s an example of what it might look like with Cadmus…
Steve runs a 3rd-year History subject with 95 students. He wants his students to develop an understanding of the content, improve their academic writing skills and come prepared for discussions during tutorials. Steve wants to achieve this through weekly reading responses that students complete before tutorials.
Steve sets up a Cadmus assignment in the LMS for every week of tutorials, attaching relevant readings and videos to each
He releases each assignment to students as he covers the topic areas in his lectures
Using Cadmus Learning Analytics, Steve can see how his class is progressing and how students are engaging with resources in Cadmus
His students submit their written responses through Cadmus before the tutorial
Steve reviews a selection of submissions and shares group feedback by updating the Cadmus assignment instructions
During the tutorial, students come prepared and are able to participate in class discussions
Students refer to the feedback in Cadmus to improve for the following week’s submission
Cadmus can help you create and manage all the written assessment ideas you’ve kept putting in the ‘too hard’ pile. It’s simple to use and incredibly flexible, which means you can use it to support continuous assessment however you want. After all, there’s no one that knows what your students need better than you.
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