Domain 2: Training need assessment
1 session of 3 hours.
Smartphone/ tablet with internet connection.
Plickers set of cards.
Computer and projector desirable.
This activity supports an innovative way for adult learners’ quick assessment on their own understanding/knowledge and their interest in the different topics. This is a class-group activity in which learners are active participants completing a test based on 20 true/false or multiple choice questions.
In order to make learning central rather than teaching, flipped classroom method will be used to foster independent learning and encourage higher student engagement. For this purpose it is essential to get a picture of the starting level of the class and also to identify their interests and preferences, so the homework and classwork can be organized and guided appropriately. IT tools can be very useful to this end and will provide an immediate feedback, generating graphics with the information that you want to analyse as an adult educator.
- Creating questions and answer options.
- Organising questions in folders and subfolders.
- Creating a class and organize it (define the course and thematic, etc.).
- Organising adult learners into the group class list (one by one, or all at once through an existing list).
- Designing questions and the answers given in a life view section.
- Summarising the learners’ answers.
- Explaining the results and obtain different information.
You need to register (first and last name, email and password).
After planning the flipped classroom and its learning goals, you must organise and deliver a quick assessment for adult learners, using Plickers. Once you have registered and created an account on the application or website, you will add your class and learners through the Plickers website on the “classes” page. Plickers automatically assigns cards numbers to learners as you enter their names.
The following is to create new questions in the “library” section, choosing from multiple choice or true/false questions. Once the test is elaborated, it is necessary to print out the Plickers cards.
As you select the question you want to use/project (life view), you should scan the learners responses and will receive instant feedback on their answers.
Once the assessment is concluded, you should go to “view results” and use the score sheet to monitor student progress. Selecting the date range and questions for your score sheet you can obtain the total results for your learners, questions, and class.
- Plan the assessment activity considering the group class features, the training intended, and the method suggested (flipped classroom).
- Sign up in Plickers website/ application.
- Watch the demo class.
- Become familiar with Plickers sections: library, reports, classes, life view, cards, and help.
- Select the most appropriate Plickers cards set and print them.
- Develop the 20 questions (combination of true/ false and multiple choice questions).
- Deliver the assessment test, capture the responds and reflect on the feedback for planning the adult learners´ homework under the flipped classroom method.
It would be recommended to prepare a presentation with basic information about Plickers and its operating rules when using for the first time Plickers for an assessment with a group class.
Some tips to be included are:
- Check that the card delivered to each student corresponds to their number in the list (recommended that the list number is the same as the class number).
- Explain and show to the learners how to move the cards to give feedback (right answer always goes on top).
- Advise them about reading carefully the questions and have the answer clear in their mind before raising their hands.
- Mention that is not allowed to change the decision made once they have raised their cards. They cannot either to exchange cards.
- It is very important to sign out after the assessment session so results and answers cannot be manipulated by others.
- Everybody should raise their hands at the same time at the count of three, without looking at their peers.
- Recommended to ask some question at the end of the explanation to make sure that participants understand how Plickers works and its rules.
Plickers does not collect personal information from adult learners directly, only the data entered by trainers and schools when using the services in the classroom.
Plickers may use de-identified information about learners to allow the services to adapt to individual learners and recommend materials that can help them to learn.
This assessment tool encourages cheating prevention, given the BIDI codes and the cards size.