Different teachers use Cadmus for different reasons. Some want to engage their students better, some want to easily step their students through more involved assessment tasks. But a lot of them don’t have specific goals — they just know they want to improve the way they do written assessment. So even if you haven’t got a complicated assessment, or the desire to completely change the way your assignment is designed, there’s still a lot you can get out of using Cadmus for your current assessments.
When you use Cadmus, you create assessment tasks that your students complete and submit in the same environment where they find their instructions and resources. It doesn’t just simplify the assessment process for you and your students — it also provides you with learning analytics about how students are working and engaging with an assignment. This means you can actually see whether or not your class is taking the actions you want them to as they work towards achieving the assessment outcomes.
Learning Analytics get delivered to you in two ways — through weekly reports while your assessment is running, and a summary report once your students have all submitted. This gives you the opportunity to guide student behaviour in the middle of an assessment, as well as review and evaluate your assessment to improve it for next time.
Here are a few ways teachers have used Cadmus Learning Analytics to guide their students and improve their assessments:
When using Cadmus for an essay, Rachel could see whether her class had actually viewed important resources like the sample essay and marking rubric. In her Cadmus Weekly Report, she saw that less than a quarter of the class had accessed the rubric, so she reminded students in the lecture and posted about it in the LMS. In the following Weekly Report, she saw that over 80% of the class had taken her advice.
David’s class used Cadmus to complete a case study analysis that involved research and a write-up. A week after being released, his Weekly Report showed that very few students had begun working in Cadmus. He used this information, to adapt his tutorial time, asking students to take notes on the case study in Cadmus based on in-class discussions.
Penny reviewed the Summary Report for her first-year class’ Cadmus Assignment and noticed that very few students had used the Notes section. When she combined this information with her assessment of her class’ submissions, she realised that students needed more guidance around effectively planning research essays. Next time she teaches the unit, she wants to spend time going through a planning process with students and providing them with useful resources.
Cadmus Learning Analytics provide you with another source of information in your teaching evaluation toolkit — helping you develop your understanding of your students’ learning processes.
By using Cadmus you can build in a practice of ongoing review and improvement into your existing assessments. With data to actually evidence how students are engaging, you can act on feedback, and make small adjustments when it matters most — ultimately supporting your students through their learning activities.
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