Today I have been reflecting a lot on assessment. Specifically, whether or not there is place for a traditional "paper" assessment in my chemistry course. One of my colleagues is doing creative work around having students print copies of assessments, solve problems, take images, and submit back as PDF to be annotated and graded. The students take the assessment over Zoom in "gallery" view.
I have been using Google Forms (as I have rambled on and on about) for formative assessment, and for weekly summative assessments, doing a similar thing to my colleague mentioned above. Rather than printing assessments and doing them live over Zoom, I have been pushing out Google Doc Templates with spaces in "blue" for students to submit images of their work. "Do What's in Blue". Click here for an example template and here for a student response using the template.
Although both systems seem to being work well, mine having significantly less oversight, I wondering if there isn't a much better way? I wonder if I am completely missing something here? If I'm trying to fit F2F assessment in an online learning environment? Should I be doing live video interviews for assessments? I am having great success in my Biochemistry course doing medical case studies as as the process lends itself much more to engaged critical thinking given the task (click here for case template and here for student response to template). Is there a way I could do case study analysis in chemistry?
Apologies for the rambling post today that reads more like a journal entry.