PhD Blog Assignment – WK 9

In formal learning environments, assessments are the tools and techniques used to assess how well students are learning the intended outcomes. This week, we explore two assessment technologies beneficial to adult learning: Slido and Microsoft Teams.

  1. Slido

Slido is an app that allows teachers to create and use interactive polls and question/answer sessions during class. Slido (n.d.) can also conduct analytics and be integrated into workflow products. The benefits of Slido include a clean design and variety of polling options that is conducive to learning environments and classroom discussions (Rogoswki, 2018). The downside of Slido is that free testing of the application does not include the classroom-centric features and polls must be reset each time (Rogowski, 2018). As an assessment tool, students can provide single word answers; timers can be applied to limit the time and reduce lag time to assess student comprehension or perspective on a topic, and when anonymous settings are used students can freely offer opinions.

This technology could be used in my professional practice to gauge feedback in training sessions, in meetings, and for after action reviews. Training sessions include sworn training, standard annual employee training, and specialty training. This tool could be used to assess the quality and delivery of training. For meetings, this tool could be used an ice breaker on tough topics, or to get feedback from employees on agenda items. For example, we conduct a quarterly meeting about a TDY assignment and some employees are bogged down working a ton of hours and these employees could provide that feedback prior to discussing the agenda item. For after action reviews, this tool could be used multiple times to gather general feedback and then again to gather detailed feedback on specific issues.

  1. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams was discussed in Week 5 when we explored social networking sites for learning. As an assessment tool, Microsoft Teams can be used in the classroom to communicate as teachers can create teams, stimulate conversations on multiple initiatives, can create pre-recorded videos for the class, and conduct live teaching sessions (Microsoft Teams, n.d.). Teachers can use the software to conduct remote conferences (which are recorded) and Microsoft Teams offers a Class Notebook which can be used for note-taking (Microsoft Teams, n.d.). This tool can help students that miss class and to assist with tutoring. Benefits of this software include easy group integration, step-by-step support for teachers, and a friendly, easy to read layout (Rogowski, 2018). The downside is that users could be overwhelmed if they are not familiar with other Microsoft Office products, such as PowerPoint and OneNote (Rogowski, 2018).

As an assessment tool, Microsoft Teams could be used to keep abreast of current issues (from legislative to internal) and for small group projects. By connecting employees on teams to address current issues employees can ask questions that may be a concern for many sections throughout the state in one place. Answering the question in one place would save time and hopefully streamline some processes. Small group projects are ongoing within our organization as we are always searching for ways to improve or troubleshoot projects. This technology could be used to track small group timelines while also facilitating discussions and offering an area to submit related research.

Reference

Microsoft Teams. (n.d.). Microsoft Teams software. Retrieved from: https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software

Rogowski, M. (2018) Microsoft Teams. Common Sense Education. Retrieved from: https://www.commonsense.org/education/app/microsoft-teams

Rogowski, M. (2018). Slido. Common Sense Education. Retireved fromhttps://www.commonsense.org/education/website/slido:

Slido (n.d.) About. Retrieved from: https://www.sli.do/

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