CoderZ Assessment Strategy
As mentioned in our How Can I Assess Student Learning? article, the CoderZ platform allows teachers to easily monitor and assess student learning, based on structured learning objectives. Each course's assessment opportunities are detailed in the various courses' Teacher Guides, as well as marked within the platform in the Class Heat Maps, so teachers can actively assess students' performance (see exact instructions here). That's very useful as far as monitoring student progress in the CoderZ curriculum, but what about student learning?
The Learning Objectives Map is where teachers can get a clear roadmap of each course's standards-aligned learning objectives, mapped out by categories rather than the by course's activities. This framework is specifically designed to easily map to commonly used STEM and 21st Century skills standards used in a wide range of educational settings. The Learning Objectives Map is mostly informative.
Accessing The Learning Objectives Map
- Navigate to the My Classes tab
- In the My Classes Dashboard, hover over the class whose learning you wish to evaluate and click the 'Class Overview' button. You will be taken to the 'Heat Map' tab for this class by default.
- Click the 'Learning Objectives' tab at the top of the page:
The Learning Objectives Map shows the learning categories in alphabetical order at the top of the panel:
Each category can be opened to show the various learning objectives in that category:
Grey tiles - no evidence detected. This may be either because the student has not completed the activity, or because they finished the activity without meeting the exact learning objectives (for example, did not collect enough points or did not use a particular code block that is tied to the objective).
Purple tiles - evidence marked by CoderZ
Purple tiles signify categories or learning objectives automatically marked by the CoderZ Platform as 'evidence detected'. If the student successfully completed the activity tagged with this learning objective - they have achieved the objective (usually by virtue of simply completing the mission successfully, i.e. reaching the target). However the activity tied to this objective has not been manually assessed by a teacher and therefore does not show the level of evidence.
Blue tiles - evidence manually marked by teachers on the Heat Map tab. The four levels of evidence are depicted by the same gauge icons used to assess students' performance in the Heat Map page:
Learning Objective Pop-Up
Clicking on an objective tile (of any color) will open a pop-up window which displays detailed information about the objective itself, the activities relevant to this objective, and the student's level of evidence as marked manually by a teacher.
In this example, you can see that the learning objective "Coordinate System" sits within the "Sending and Receiving Information" category. A short description of the objective is available.
The activity/activities which represent this learning objective are shown at the bottom of the pop-up ("The Arctic Challenge" in the "Arctic Lab" lesson pack) and next to it, the level of evidence displayed by the student's code, as marked by a teacher in the Heat Maps tab.
In this example, the student's code showed sufficient evidence of his understanding of the 'Coordinate System' learning objective:
Highest Evidence Marked
If a particular learning objective is tagged in several activities, the platform will display the highest level of evidence marked by a teacher. For example: the learning objective 'Pseudocode' is represented both by several Reflection Questions in the Frozen Island lesson pack, and by the activity 'Your Dance' in the Dancing Robot Project lesson pack.
A teacher has marked the student’s performance in the first assessment opportunity as ‘sufficient’, and as ‘extensive’ in the second. The platform shows the highest level of evidence marked, which is extensive.
Currently, the only action available is changing the highest level of evidence, for cases where teachers wish to change the level determined by previous assessments performed. This is done from within the learning objective pop-up, by clicking the 'Highest Evidence Marked' menu and selecting the desired level of evidence:
The Export button available at the top of the page will allow you to download a printout of the selected class's Learning Objectives Map for the selected course: