Enrich the student experience with digital learning tools that enable innovative assessment practices and promote enhanced educational outcomes.
In a previous blog post, we explored how teachers can use tools in the Brightspace platform to empower students to independently track their learning. Now let’s look at how educators can use Mastery View in Brightspace to help boost student success through assessment.
In 2020—and so far in 2021—educators around the world have made the almost impossible goal of uninterrupted student learning look possible for nearly all of their students. As an educator, you’re one of the innovation gurus who came up with great ideas to continuously support student learning despite all odds.
This fall, we have a fresh start, and we’re equipped with the knowledge and experience from the past year. This wealth of knowledge can help determine critical practices to help every student learn in new ways and prepare to face challenges we can’t yet foresee. Innovative learning experiences for students can foster the building of literacy and numeracy skills and competencies in metacognitive and social domains.
One of the ways of helping students learn innovatively is to prioritize assessment and use it as learning, for learning, and of learning. Assessment strategies that advance the growth of higher-order thinking in students play a pivotal role in innovative learning and help young learners become critical thinkers.
These assessments can focus on measuring problem solving, evaluation, and analytical and reasoning skills, as well as work as a self-reflection for students. Furthermore, when you’re able to view the overall performance level of students with assessments, you can efficiently make decisions on the support required to drive learner success.
All of this can be achieved in Brightspace, where you can create student-centered assessments and use Mastery View to easily identify the student comprehension and mastery related to each outcome in your course.
So, how exactly can you leverage Mastery View to support student learning with assessment? Here are three steps you can follow to help develop a successful process of assessment for deep student learning in Brightspace.
1. Establish Clear Learning Goals for Students
You can begin by thinking about what learning objectives, expectations, and standards you want to set for your students in your course. Laying out clear expectations in the beginning is helpful for students because it lets them know what to expect in the course. They can then use this information for self-awareness of their knowledge and skill level against the goals you’ve set.
In Brightspace, you can create your own learning objectives or import them from your jurisdiction. Or you can create an Achievement Scale for an aggregated view of student achievement of a competency or learning objective in an assessment item or activity.
2. Create Assessments That Support Your Goals
It’s worth thinking about which learning materials, activities, and assessments are best suited for helping students meet your set learning goals.
In Brightspace, you can create learning objective–aligned material in the Content tool and build learner assessment activities in the Assignments, Quizzes, or Discussions tools. These tools are useful when developing assessments that help students learn how to compare, analyze, or build connections between what is learned in the classroom and their real lives.
3. Monitor Student Progress in Mastery View
Being able to monitor learner progress is an integral part of a student success plan. You can monitor student achievement of learning objectives or competencies in Mastery View within Brightspace.
Here, you can quickly scan an individual student or all students’ overall achievement across the entire course. You can even view the specific evidence items associated with each outcome while looking at student performance. The visual representation helps you quickly identify the students falling behind and determine your plan to support those students.
If you want, you can release or retract the overall levels of achievement to an individual student or in bulk. Students can easily view the level of achievement you released on the Outcomes Progress page. If you decide to give personalized feedback to a student instead of using a learning objective, you can manually override your feedback and release it and keep updating it for additional evaluations.
In summary, assessments can be extremely helpful in supporting the innovative learning process of students. Mastery View can assist you in helping your students achieve the learning outcomes aligned with those assessments.
In our next post, we’ll explore how teachers can use Brightspace to create learner-centered assessment.
Additional Resources on Mastery View
If you’re looking for some additional resources on Mastery View to understand in detail the features and functionality of the tool, check out the following links:
- Brightspace Community—Mastery View of the Gradebook
- Blog—Supporting Mastery Learning in a Pandemic, and Beyond
- Webinar—Gradebook Mastery View—Student Overall Performance by Outcome
- Video—Monitor and Evaluate Outcome Mastery in Brightspace
Want to dive even deeper into Mastery View? Check out our webinar Tips and Trick of Mastery View to discover some of the best practices and use cases of this amazing tool.
And don’t miss the other upcoming and recorded sessions in our K-12 Teaching and Learning webinar series.