How to use video-based assessment
Soft skills have traditionally been difficult to assess in online courses, which often rely heavily on multiple-choice questions and written assignments instead of face-to-face interactions. But, with increasing improvements to how video is recorded and published online, video-based assessment has become a real possibility for instructors.
Certain fields require good communication skills and teamwork, for example:
- Business courses: evaluating presentations, communication skills and teamwork.
- Professional development: seeing how a teacher carries themselves in a classroom setting, and providing constructive feedback.
In those cases, students can record themselves delivering a presentation or performing in a roleplaying scenario, and submit it for assessment. Instructors can then evaluate how students speak, their body language, and how they respond to questions.
Even outside of these fields, it’s difficult to find programs that don’t have “better communication” as a desired outcome. For example, the Computer Engineering program at Penn State Behrend includes “ability to communicate effectively” among its program outcomes.
In hard sciences like math, chemistry, and physics, understanding the student’s thought process is crucial—seeing how a student arrived at a result is often as important as the result itself.
In those cases, students can record their calculations from start to finish, and instructors and peers can provide feedback to help them identify where they can improve their process.
New courses online
Video assessment can also allow for entirely new types of courses online. For example, it used to be difficult to teach new languages online. Now it’s possible to evaluate a student’s pronunciation, accent, and tone of voice online, and simulate conversations that allow them to actually practice their language skills. This means that second languages classes can be offered as distance-ed options.
For more, check out these seven benefits of video-based assessment.