Doing a selfie with assessment

Selfies, like photos, are personal, immediate and meaningful to a person. So why not get people engaged in their learning through personal feedback?20797919_s



What are self-assessments? These are some type of test or activity that requires a learner to provide an answer or solution to check their knowledge. With a self-assessment, the learner gets immediate feedback.


The feedback provided indicates whether their answer was right or wrong, and why.

It’s a great teachable moment.

The most common self-assessment seen online is a quiz, such as multiple-choice, true & false, or matching. The correct answer is entered beforehand in the interactive assessment. When learners submits their chosen answers, a response or feedback is given about their selection.


Fill ‘Em with Feedback

It is so easy to simply indicate the correct answer when creating an online quiz and not take the time to add (type in) feedback. The last piece is soooooo important.

Ever taken a test or submitted a paper, and never know what you did right or wrong?

Zilch feedback does not tell the learner what they need to improve on. And it’s uber frustrating!

Take the time to add feedback when a learner chooses a correct or incorrect answer.



Example of a Selfie with Feedback

Question: After Christmas, Santa heads to the Bahamas to chill at his summer home.
True or False?


  • Feedback for True: This is not correct. Santa has a huge staff and herd to look after, and prep for the upcoming holiday season. He has no time for suntanning.
  • Feedback for False: Right you are! The fella needs to tend to his hood in the North Pole, look after his staff (work ’em), and exercise his reindeer for the next holiday season.

Notice how the feedback for both the true and correct response is similar. In fact, if worded correctly, feedback can be identical for both response saving lots of time. Copy and paste…


Other Types of Self-Assessments

Other types of self-assessments can be case studies or scenarios with responses being a range of best solutions. That is, given a problem in a certain situation, such as determining the best way for handling an upset employee, three possible responses could be given. The learner chooses the one they think is the most effective way to handle the situation.

In a scenario question, feedback can indicate the best answer and possible consequences for a less effective choice. For instance, Response B might be better than A or C; however Response A and C are not necessarily wrong, just less effective for that particular situtaitn.


You need to explain why.

Other ideas might be assessing the quality of something (picture, song, etc.), placing a sequence in order, evaluating characteristics of someone, etc.

Types of self-assessments are endless and provide great learning opportunities.


Why Feedback is Not a Waste

The thing with feedback is it becomes the actual content you need only write once.

For instance, instead of having a sequence of content-content-assessment (page 1, page 2 and page 3); why not present an easy assessment first, add content in the form of feedback, and additional content on other pages or slides, if the learner wants/needs to learn more.

In the latter layout, feedback is not additional work but the centre of the learning.

Cool, eh? And so much more engaging for the learner.


Next post, I’ll talk about learning activities with feedback. Activities engage learners and help them learn along the way. I’ll add examples, too.

Till then, happy designing!

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