Once you have identified which standards you want to address, you can think about what kinds of activities & assessments will best meet the demands of those standards. Will you be asking students to create something? Interact with peers in a discussion? Present information? Respond to assessment items? What opportunities will you design to aid in their learning, and how can you track their progress?
Is creating something (a piece of writing, a presentation, a project, etc.) the best way for students to demonstrate their understanding ? Or maybe they will be modifying or adapting something you've provided? Regardless of how it will be "turned in," choose "Assignment" from the "Add Materials" pull-down. In addition to working for offline activities, student work can be collected in a Schoology assignment as well. Students can digitally create a written response, upload a file, link to something they've done online, or record themselves speaking. As long as the assignment is aligned (see below), you'll be able to track how students do and provide feedback.
|To align in Schoology, look for the blue target icon|
If students will be responding to an online assessment in Schoology to show what they know, you'll want to choose "Test/Quiz." You can create your own questions or use ones that already exist in a Test Bank in Schoology. The following question types are available:
- Multiple Choice
- Short answer/Essay
- Fill in the Blank
Perhaps a class discussion is the best way to have students meet your chosen standard(s). Discussion responses in Schoology can either be typed or submitted orally, but they are available for the entire class (for interaction between class members). After choosing the "Discussion" option, align the topic to standards or objectives. (Again, if the Discussion topic will be addressing multiple standards, use Schoology's rubric tool to assess those items individually.)
The most important thing is deciding how to best assess students in relation to standards. After students complete an activity that you've designed in this digital space, you can provide digital feedback. We'll be addressing that topic in the next blog post.
*For more information, visit Schoology's Help Center article on Course Materials (or contact your technology support folks).