Each year in Edtech, we notice a stronger trend than the others. A trend for which the "hype" lasts a little longer than others. We have seen the domination of MOOCs, adaptive learning, VR / AR, flipped classroom ... Why should 2020 not be the year of evaluation? Indeed, for several years, we can notice a growing dissociation between learning, pedagogy, therefore, and grade, in other words, evaluation. If we reach a peak today, it would not be surprising that the decade of the 1920s saw a renewed focus on evaluation at the heart of learning, in vocational training as in higher education. Why?
1. No pedagogy without evaluation
While it is important to provide engaging and effective training for learners, it is all the more crucial to analyze the effectiveness of these pedagogies by measuring learners' learning. In this context, quantitative and qualitative data are the best tools. However, these are mainly found in formative assessments, diagnostic, summative evaluations, or even in pre- and post-training feedback. Also, if we could see a deep interest in many pedagogical methods, it is now clear that these are inseparable from the evaluation which must act as a stakeholder in pedagogy and not as an action independent.
2. Varying the assessments, a plus for pedagogy
We can use all possible evaluation formats, from peer-to-peer learning to MOOC and serious games. It remains necessary for the trainer to assess the acquisition of the skills of his learners. For this, you can only use a handful of evaluation formats. It turns out that to adapt evaluations to the training content also allows better learning, so we can expect a revaluation of the practice of evaluation and the development of new methods.
3. Self-assessment is key
Self-evaluation is the typical example of the return of evaluation to the heart of pedagogy. Indeed, according to the Education Endowment Foundation, peer-to-peer evaluation is the most effective teaching method for a learner to clearly understand what he understands and what he does not yet understand. This method also allows better argumentation, thanks to the analyzes that a learner must give on the performance of another learner. According to David Kofoed Wind, CEO, co-founder of Peergrade and doctor of machine learning, peer review is an excellent method for instilling critical thinking as well as for learning to learn. All is said.
4. The case for the training industry
2020 will be marked by the implementation of the Law on the Freedom to Choose a Professional Future. Major reform undertaken in the field of training, it evokes, in particular, the need to ensure the acquisition of skills for learners, to ensure learning follow-up for trainers, employers and learners. In addition to this, we can count on a valuation of positioning tests, self-evaluation and other types of more formative evaluations. There is, therefore, a need to centralize this learning data and to add data visualization tools to it in order to facilitate training follow-up.
All the signs seem to be gathered to affirm that a focus on evaluation in all its forms and all its formats is to be expected this year. Also, it may be wise to explore the panel of tools dedicated to evaluation. But above all, it is just as important to know how to choose your panel of tools. For this, we must take into consideration the different cognitive biases that can alter our decisions. We have prepared an article on this!