Learning doesn’t have to stop when assessment begins. Teachers need data about student learning, but adding more tests isn’t the only option.
Rich environments for assessment and learning allow teachers to assess without traditional-looking tests, alleviating much of the pressure.
Rich digital environments, including games, simulations, and alternate reality learning experiences, have the potential to change the way educators teach and assess.
These environments promote student engagement, let students learn while their progress is being measured, provide immediate feedback to both the student and teacher, and reveal the processes students use to reach an answer, not just the answer itself.
In games, for example, players don’t stop what they’re doing to take a test. Instead, educators can gather information about how they manipulate objects, the order in which they complete an activity, and the choices they make throughout.
With this type of rich learning, teachers gather more information about student activity than they would from recording an answer selected on a multiple-choice test.