Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments

Formative assessment is a planned, ongoing process used by all students and teachers during learning and teaching to elicit and use evidence of student learning to improve student understanding of intended disciplinary learning outcomes and support students to become self-directed learners

As part of their continuing webinar series BSD.education recently hosted " Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments", hosted (in seperate broadcasts) by Mark Burnett and Allison Renda.



Above I have shared a recording of Mark's presentation, but I sat in on Allisons. The informative and practical talk began by looking at a definition of formative assessment, discussions of process and objectives.


Slide from "Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments" - copyright BSD.education
Slide from "Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments" - copyright BSD.education

As the talk progressed Allison shared her experiences including some useful digital tools she employs on top of BSD's formative assessment integrated learning platform. We also heard of some great techniques to encourage student participation including:


- The Fishbowl

- Traffic Lights for remote students

- Think-Pair-Share


Slides from "Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments" - copyright BSD.education

Overall BSD.education's webinar on Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments was a worthwhile watch. Allison shared some really valuable insights, tools and techniques that give students control of their learning journey and educators a structure to support them.


Slides from "Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments" - copyright BSD.education
Slides from "Formative Assessment for Hybrid Learning Environments" - copyright BSD.education


Allison also showed how the BSD platform has integrated formative assessment into their courses to make it an integral part of the student’s learning journey. From their teacher’s portal, educators can get live and comprehensive data on not just what students got wrong, but how they attempted the answers and the time spend on each step as they progresses. Each of BSD’s online platform integrated projects come with customizable rubrics for educators and students to collaborate on together.


At the end of the talk, Allison a free trial offer for teachers with up to 55 students to explore 7 projects on their platform where students will learn HTML, CSS and JavaScript. IT includes video tutorials, live coding, quizzes and access to the BSD code glossary. My favourite thing about this was that students will develop a digital portfolio they can hold onto forever.