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Ways to Check Understanding

By LeisureMan ·
I have been teaching Internet basics (working with brousers, navigating between sites, Internet search engines).
To check how well the class understand what it is all about, I use:
1. slides summing up what has been said in the covered section of the lesson;
2. practical assignments ("You have 3 minutes. Make site your home page.")
3. "quick quiestion tests": "Does a .com site belong to a govermental or a commercial organisation?"

What other forms to check how well they get it you would recommend?

I thank in advance eveyone who would wish to take part in provididng answers

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by JaniceW In reply to Ways to Check Understandi ...

You have listed several great ways to check understanding in a class like this. Here are a few other examples:

1. With the idea of a practical assignment I would encourage one that has them search for a semi-specific topic (perhaps something like "how to unclog a drain") and do the search in two or three different engines. What was the top page in each search engine? This should help emphasize their search skills as well as the difference in engines. You may also want to vary the exercise by having them use different key word combinations (of their choosing).

2. A self-evaluation checklist. Can I.... search for a topic, type in a specific address, find, etc. People are usually more self-critical than you would be. Review the areas they felt the group generally felt the weakest on.

3. Depending on your environment, you may be able to go back to the learner's after a week and check their understanding with a follow-up task in an email. This may show you points that you need to emphasize in future sessions.

4. Depending on the level of trust among participants they could lead an exercise. Have each of them come up with an example of something they would/need to do (within the context of your class) and lead the group in completing the exercise.

The possibilities are endless really and much will depend on your audience, time available and environment (paid external, internal, volunteer/community, etc.). Good luck!

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