"What’s in Their Heads? Using Padlet and Formative Assessment Strategies to Support the Cognitive Engagement of UC Students" - Kimberly McCormick
From Kimberly McCormick on November 3rd, 2020
Presenter: Kimberly McCormick, Assistant Professor
Title: What’s in their heads? Using Padlet and Formative Assessment Strategies to Support the Cognitive Engagement of UC Students
Description: When a student is actively engaged in their learning, this has been found to be a strong predictor of success in school. One important aspect of student engagement is how students cognitively engage with their learning. With online learning this is especially important. This component of engagement can be difficult to assess, since it is not what can quickly be quantified in a classroom. This session will highlight aspects of the online learning experience that can support student student’s cognitive engagement and strategies that educators can utilize through Padlet so that students can be supported in today’s unique classrooms.
Abstract: When students are engaged in their learning experience, this leads to greater success in school. Engagement can be examined through several lenses: how a student physically behaves, how they connect socially or emotionally, or how they engage their minds. It is this “cognitive engagement” that can be the hardest to assess and support. Especially during these unique pandemic teaching times, it important to attend to cognitive engagement. Formative assessment is one way that cognitive engagement can be strengthened. It provides the ideal opportunity for students to participate in their learning by understanding why they learning, how to make progress, and ultimately become independent learners. Also keeping in mind that it can be difficult for teachers to assess if students are cognitively engaged in the learning process, this shows how crucial formative assessment can be in any traditional college classroom but even more imperative during online learning experiences. Hinge point questions, response opportunities, and exit/entrance tickets are just a few examples of formative assessment activities that could be utilized in the online classroom through the Padlet platform. Data collected through formative assessment gives the teacher valuable information to use to differentiate the learning which also is essential to supporting student engagement. This session will begin with a brief overview of the importance of supporting student engagement of UC students and then will offer specific strategies and resources that every educator can utilize to support the cognitive engagement of their students.Click here to return to the Virtual Conference Agenda page.