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- Have at least two asynchronous discussion forums every week. The topics should not be about the reading materials but rather, should be thought provoking, resulting in debates and reflection. Make sure that you as the instructor login to check their postings and give them feedback immediately. Frequent and precise feedback are two important components of effective formative assessment.
- If there is a final paper in the course, make sure that students submit this paper in parts. Ask them to start working on their paper from week 2 or 3 onwards. Ask them to submit the first two sections of the final paper by week 4 or 5. Give them a grade and a feedback. Use a grading rubric, which will precisely tell students what is expected and whether they met the criteria for the paper.
- The above two techniques can be used in a regular classroom as well. Additionally, there are tools available for online instruction. Here is a small list of these immediate feedback tools:
- AnswerGarden (http://answergarden.ch/): This online tool can be used in a standalone format or you could embed the course website as an external link to give immediate feedback. Easy to use and once you create it, you can broadcast it to your students.
- Geddit (http://letsgeddit.com/): Another online tool that would help teachers to understand individual student differences. Teachers can create a quiz and every student response (they call it check-in) is visible only to the teacher.
- Kahoot: (https://getkahoot.com/): This online tool can be used for game-based formative assessment. There are many amazing examples available in their website, how teachers have creatively used this tool to teach a new concept, reinforce an idea, to create a lively debate in a classroom etc.
- Socrative: (http://www.socrative.com/): With this formative assessment tool, you can create short quizzes, a polling activity or space race. This tool has a good set of features and is sure to engage students.