This text was initially published by Profweb under a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 International licence, before Eductive was launched.

In March and April 2020, teachers made the transition to alternative methods of teaching in order to help their students complete the Winter 2020 semester. Part of the complexity of this transition included a reflection upon the question of evaluating students fairly with the many logistical and technological constraints they had to endure.

Jason Lapointe from John Abbott College used Google Quiz (a special functionality available in Google Forms) to create on-line assessments for the nursing students in his biology class.

Profweb and SALTISE invited Jason to talk about his experience with the transition to alternative teaching and some of the considerations for on-line assessment.

Podcast #3 is comprised of 2 parts:

  1. Part 1 is an interview that describes the Jason’s approach to providing on-line assessments using Google Quiz (Forms).
  2. Part 2 is a presentation of Jason’s assessment template, some tips and a look at the Quiz functionality within Google Forms.

How to assess students in the new context

In this interview, Kevin Lenton and I ask Jason to talk about how he adjusted to alternative teaching with a particular emphasis on on-line assessment. He describes some of the particularities of working with students in the nursing program and some strategies for reducing the anxiety levels of his students when things don’t go exactly as planned.

Part 1 of the podcast contains the interview with Jason Lapointe.

Simple quiz creation

In part 2 of the podcast, Jason shows us the template he uses for the final assessment. He also speaks about some of the different question types and how he automates portions of the marking.

Part 2 of the podcast includes a presentation of the Google Quiz (Forms) questionnaire and configuration options.

Other technologies mentioned

Other technologies are mentioned during the interview and presentation. Here is a list with links to the websites for these technologies:

  • Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aims to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments.

  • Microsoft Teams – a hub for teamwork in Office 365 that includes on-line meeting functionality. Read more on Profweb’s digital tool page on Teams.
  • Moodle is a free and open-source learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators and learners with a single robust, secure and integrated system to create personalised learning environments. Read more on Profweb’s digital tool page on Moodle.
  • Omnivox tools (Léa and Mio) – a course management system used by many teachers (Léa) and an internal message system for Omnivox (Mio).

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Do you have any tools and tips that you are using as part of the transition to alternative teaching? Please share your feedback in the comments area below.

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