OBJECTIVES: During this module, participants will learn how to:
Describe the use of formal and informal evaluation and feedback in facilitating adult learning.
Develop a written pre-test/post-test to determine learner competence on a program they have or will be presenting.
Design a written course evaluation on a program you have or will be presenting.
One of my favorite words is efficacy ? the power of producing
effects. The Power of Producing effects is the goal of all teachers for their learners. To be effective – able to produce a particular result. This power is referred to as competence – fit, able, capable. In formal academic settings competence is tested using formal written exams and observations of hands-on experiences. In adult continuing education settings, the learners are rarely tested on their competence. But why not? When you present your material, don’t you want to believe that your participants have understood enough about what you have said that they can go home and have a certain amount of competence in it? When I teach meditation, I want the learner to be competent enough to go home and practice the techniques. I want the learner to have efficacy in meditation – I want the meditation to produce effects that change the learner’s life for the better.
And that’s where testing comes in. The simplest test in adult continuing education is a pre-test/post-test. This can be written or just done verbally. The pre-test allows the learner to get an idea of where his/her knowledge is in relation to the topic at hand. It piques his/her interest and involves the learner immediately in wanting to find out the answers for the questions that are unknown. Using the same instrument for the post-test (not graded of course!) allows the instructor to clarify any misperceptions the learner may have had during the presentation. In addition, if you are planning to apply to any organization for continuing education, a pre test and post test are frequently required as part of your submission package.
The second type of test we will be designing is a participant evaluation form. This allows the participant to tell you what was good, and not so good, in the workshop or class. You can then use the results of the participant evaluation to make continuous quality improvement in your course.
Participants in this program will use the teaching materials they developed in Module Two to design learning experiences, plus the learner-centered objectives they developed in Module One. Using their own materials, participants will design a pretest/posttest and course evaluation form.
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