In previous posts I have made a case for why we need PBL now more than ever. And by PBL I don’t mean it in the traditional sense, rather I am referring to a modified version of PBL called PBL-lite, which is more realistic in our current virtual learning contexts. In order to uphold fidelity to the model of PBL, it is important that we continue to embed best practices of assessment into our teaching and learning. To keep this manageable for teachers we can think about how to share the work load.
|#realtalk: PBL can be overwhelming. Assessment within PBL is often what overwhelms teachers most.|
In my new e-book, What Could Be: A Guide to PBL Ahead, I remind teachers that in virtual learning you don’t have to carry the feedback load alone. We can think about how to share the load with students and experts. In a perfect world, we would be able to sit next to every student and “catch them” before they go too far down the wrong path in their learning. However, most teachers in the current set up aren’t able to do that. So here are a few ways that students can get feedback independent of the teacher:
- Self checklist-This is a great “safety net” for students to be sure they have what they need in a given assignment.
- Peer feedback-Students can use Flipgrid, Google Doc comments, or group break out rooms to do this. Pro tip: Scaffold this process for students the first time they do it- See below for an up-close look at running a project critique in a virtual setting.
- Seek out feedback-Require students to request feedback from three individuals (this could be parents, older siblings, family friends, etc.)
- Ask an expert– Provide students with an email template to ask an expert for their feedback on their work.
PBL up close: How to Run a virtual critique
If we think about how to best leverage our resources, we can make PBL-lite a much more enjoyable and authentic learning experience. To learn more about assessment in PBL check out any of these resources:
- Keep it Real with PBL, elementary and secondary, and NEW! E-book for adapting Keep it Real to virtual learning
- Planning Assessment in PBL
- PBL-lite planning form and supporting resources
- Penpal Schools – An online platform where students can collaborate and give and get feedback from other penpals from 150 countries
- Kaienza – A Google Add-on that enables audio and text feedback
- Assessment in asynchronous learning
- How to do the Feedback Loop in Distance Learning
- 5 Tips for Designing Asynchronous Learning
- 3 Practices to teach 21st Century Skills in a Virtual Classroom,
- Tech Tools to Take PBL Online
- Going Online with Protocols: Tools for teaching and learning