Using Moodle to Complete a Knowledge Survey

Posted: April 7, 2010 in asessment, formative, knowledge, moodle, Perkins, review, student, summative, survey, Writh

What is a knowledge survey?

“A standard Knowledge Surveys consists of many questions that cover the entire content of a course. Questions cover all levels of Bloom’s scale of thinking. (From low-level to high-level cognition, the scale goes from knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, to synthesis.)”

Knowledge surveys maybe formative (at the start of a course) or summative (at the end of the course).

Why use knowledge Surveys?
They help students learn, help faculty improve their classrooms, and aid departments and programs as the explore new curricula or pedagogies. (Wirth and Perkins),

In the power point presentation given by Perkins and Wirth they state the following reasons for supporting use of knowledge surveys

• Knowledge surveys are indispensable tools for instructors and for students.

• They aid instructors as they design courses.

• Allow for mid course corrections

• The surveys provide students with full disclosure of the course objectives and serve as study guides.

• Help students develop self-assessment skills

• Evaluate the effectiveness of alternative pedagogies.

How do you use a Knowledge Survey?
Student a the start of the course or topic are given a series of question up to 200 in some cases; the students do not answer the question, but give a score of how confident they would be at answering the question. This provides baseline information about their preparation and base knowledge.

How do you create one.
Generally a tutor would refer to a bank of exam papers going back over several years. To ensure all parts of the topic/subject are covered a range of questions are sorted in to topics. To ensure all levels of thinking are assessed, the tutor scores the question from one to six based on Blooms Taxonomy.

To do this with Moodle
 Knowledge Surveys and the flexible Moodle Feedback module, allowing you to assess formative and summative knowledge of your students, aid curriculum development and student review of own learning.


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