Assessment

Module Six

The following assessment tools have been created by educators and community members who use the collaborative discussion toolkit and/or have offered certificate programs. The aims of these assessment tools are to

  • Provide guidance to Collaborative Discussion Coaches on how to assess collaborative discussion skills in their programs

  • Provide individual and collective measurements on program outcomes 

  • Provide constructive feedback on the design and/or implementation of toolkit activities 

 

There is great variability in the toolkit and each certificate program is unique. Accordingly, most of these assessment tools are designed to be modified according to the needs of coaches and participants. However, we are piloting some common assessment tools in 2022/2023 to help provide feedback to the Interactivity Foundation on the outcomes of the certificate programs.

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Assessment 1
Pre/Post Participant Survey

A standardized quantitative survey designed to assess participant learning outcomes. Includes open-ended qualitative questions.

Suggested Use: 

Coaches provide to participants before the start of toolkit activities and at the conclusion of the certificate program. Feedback is collected by IF across all certificate programs to analyze learning outcomes. Dataset will be made available to all community members.

Completed by: Participants (individually)

Time: 10-15 minutes

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Assessment 2
Certificate Program Reflection

A 1-page written reflection that addresses specific prompts provided by IF.

Suggested Use:

Reflections are submitted to IF and  provide valuable feedback that can also be shared with the broader community of practice.

Completed by: Coaches

Time: Varies

Assessment 3
Toolkit Activity Reflection

Coach offers analysis of one toolkit activity. Deep examination may lead to constructive feedback that can be shared with IF and others in our community of practice.

Suggested Use: 

After offering a specific activity or at the conclusion of the program, coaches or participants reflect on the structure and execution of one toolkit activity. This reflection can be shared with IF or community of practice to improve future use of toolkit activity.

Completed by: Coaches or Participants (individually or in groups)

Time: Varies

Assessment 4
In Real Time Tookit Activity Assessment

Tool used by coaches to self-evaluate the content and execution of individual activities. Helps to examine if learning goals are being met.

Suggested Use:

Coach completes the assessment table after each activity.

Completed by: Coaches

Time: 5-10 minutes

Assessment 5
Participant Self Assessment

Based on Module activity 1.7, this pre-assessment allows students to self-report on a scale of 1-4 their collaboration skills. Has short answer questions at the end for students to summarize their skills.

Suggested Use: 

Use as a pre-program assessment to help identify interests or needs of a group. 

Use at the beginning of a program to prime the concepts of collaborative discussion behaviors and practices and encourage group support in the adoption of these practices.

Completed by: Participants

Time: 5-10 minutes

Assessment 6
Participant Peer Assessment

Participants assess the skills of their peers by observing others in small group collaborative discussion. The assessment has a checklist of collaborative discussion skills students should look for when observing and a rubric to assess quality of skills.

Suggested Use:

Use throughout the program to encourage both participants and observers to think more deeply about how collaborative discussion skills manifest in discussions. Observers become more aware of these behaviors by being asked to identify them in discussion.

Completed by: Coaches

Time: 5-10 minutes