Soft Assessment can help schools to unlock the potential in their chosen learning framework. Take a look how.
Gradually more and more schools are tapping into acknowledging the skills for success laid out within a variety of learning frameworks.
Soft Assessment offers an abundance of information to help schools grasp their learning framework and integrate it into every activity in the classroom.
Soft Assessment has been developed to facilitate the integration of learning frameworks into the classroom environment bolstering the chosen framework by making it available on a day to day basis.
Currently assessment of classroom activities based on student soft skills, rather than results and grades, is limited to per term or even academic year. Soft Assessment aims to change this by offering a tool to easily set students analysis tasks based on a classroom activity, and a simple interface for students to analyse and assess their performance based on a set of framework criteria.
The result is a powerful set of data that can be used to analyse and discuss a student's overall performance based on the school's strategic framework.
Soft Assessment can help schools to unlock the potential in their chosen learning framework.
As we begin to understand more about the process of learning, gradually more and more schools are tapping into acknowledging the skills for success laid out within a variety of learning frameworks.
These can be education standard frameworks like PLTS, ELLI and Guy Glaxton's 5 R's; adaptions of standard frameworks that are more appropriate to the school goals; or bespoke frameworks developed in full by a school.
Soft Assessment has been developed to allow any school framework to be utilised and unleashed. We haven't found one yet that isn't compatible with the software.
Framework management within Soft Assessment has been made extremely simple by the use of wizards. Administrators can easily create and edit the framework in use and manage the options made available to students during the self assessment process.
Explore a typical assessment lifecycle below from creation of the activity within Soft Assessment to using the information collected to analyse trends.
Soft Assessment is based on the use of Profiles. Profiles are individual tasks created and populated within Soft Assessment that reinforce tasks or activities target users have recently participated in. Profiles allow the users to assess their performance whilst carrying out the task or activity. The application gently focuses the assessment on the strains of the school's chosen framework.
Profiles are easily created by users, typically teachers, that have been given privileges to do so. Creation has been made quick and simple by the Profile Creation Wizard. A profile can be created and published in a matter of minutes freeing up valuable time that can be utilised elsewhere.
Creators can publish profiles to users or groups of users as part of the wizard based creation activity. Once published target users can easily find the profile under the given subject within Soft Assessment.
Populating and submitting a profile couldn't be easier. Once a profile has been created and published an icon will be presented to the target users the next time they login to Soft Assessment. The icon allows the user to launch the profile and begin self-analysis on the activity set.
Profile population is made extremely simple for the user and guides the focus of the responses to align with the strains of the school's chosen framework.
The description, or Task Summary, of the activity that the profile focuses on is displayed to enable the user to easily identify it. The user can then complete a self-assessment activity using sliders to specify how they believe they performed in the activity based on the framework strains presented. Choices made using the sliders are instantly visually illustrated within the profile via an embedded star chart. The user can also add commentary to reinforce their selection.
As an example, the user in the illustration to the left believes that he/she was often creative within the composition activity recently completed in their Music lesson. The reason for that choice is detailed below.
Soft Assessment offers a rich set of reports which allow teachers to analyse user trends, strengths and weaknesses, consistencies and inconsistencies.
Similar to other areas of Soft Assessment, creating reports is simplified with a wizards. This ensures that powerful and detailed information is just a few clicks away from any teacher looking to analyse student performance.
Built in reports offer the opportunity to report on individual user performance within a particular subject or across all subjects.
Reports on user average responses allow the analyst to easy find consistencies and inconsistencies across subjects. Student responses to activities that have been presented as a profile are also easily viewed through the reporting facility.
Soft Assessment offers an abundance of information to help schools grasp their learning framework and integrate it into every activity in the classroom. Once classroom activities have been completed across the subject range and information has been gathered Soft Assessment is a powerful tool to aid discussion with the student based on the school's adopted learning framework.
The software is geared toward the learners reflecting upon themselves within a learning experience, allowing students to be more aware of how developing specific strands of their own learning is a powerful and essential tool in the development of themselves.
This may be how translating the collaborative skills (teamwork) through Drama will help in a collaborative enquiry in Science, or how to show a more resilient approach in P.E may help a learner finding a mathematical problem difficult, not to give in as easily and persist.
With this, teachers or mentors can encourage a reflective process for the learner during a mentoring process, formative assessment or learning conversation using the language from your chosen learning framework.
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