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Why Assess?

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My EDS113 Module 4 e-Journal

I was given a Phase 2 IE Training in Ho Chi Minh City which means the class already did Phase 1. Phase 1 Training consisted of theory, computation, and application of Industrial Engineering in the apparel industry. The class was concluded with a summative assessment at the end and those who passed will have a training certificate.

While each participant already has a student manual, I do not have any material to start the training with. I need to prepare a PowerPoint presentation and I am thinking if I will align it with the student manual or with the final exam that was given during the Phase 1.

Anway, before the training we had a meeting with the factory and they requested certain topics as the focus of the Phase 2 training. Phase 2 usually is a form of an audit to check if the students still remember what they studied in Phase 1 and also practice the theories that they have learned but since the factory requested new topics to tackle and wanted to know how to implement change, I have to re-do my presentation to accommodate their request.

On the first day, I did a recap as a review of the past learning and also grouped them into teams to work on improvements. The class was composed on Koreans who have managerial positions and Vietnamese who have a staff level positions. To balance the team, I made sure that each team has at least 1 Korean and 1 Vietnamese. The whole week will be spent observing the factory production lines, monitoring their output and efficiency and finding ways to improve the current method, layout or process.

Each team needs to make a presentation of the data, findings, and proposals as the result of their study. Every day, I will go with 1 team and guide them on how they will go about their study. Sometimes, I will go with them just to observe how they work as a team and how they communicate with each other and the production leaders. Some teams work wonderfully in a group, but one team, in particular, is not so successful. Each individual has a different approach and ideas but has one goal. I explained to them that to be successful in their study, they have to listen to each other, disagree agreeably and work as a team. picture1

In this training, I believe I have practiced both formative and informal assessment. Every day I will ask one member of each group to discuss their progress and in turn, I will give a comment or constructive feedback. What I will do on the next day will depend on how the class went during the day. Since the summative assessment was already done in Phase 1, it is optional in Phase 2 to give another assessment. The teams will be assessed based on their presentation and improvement outcome. The teams all did great in the end.

I was also planning to give them a short quiz at the end to gauge their learning, but since the team presentation went well, there is no need for this anymore. I have also planned to do peer assessment but the boss told me to dismiss the class early, thus it was not used.

Overall, I believe I achieved my goal of guiding them how to do improvement implementation and I am fortunate that I have the opportunity to apply what I learned in EDS113 in actual situations. Some of my students also came back to me to thank me for the guidance and support I gave them.

Robert Stake’s maxim reminded me the difference between formative and summative assessment.

Indeed, every day is always an opportunity to learn something new.

Reference: Robert Stake’s maxim retrieved from  http://pepstep571.wikispaces.com/file/view/Marzano+Formative+Assessment.pdf

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1-Minute Video of Assessment OF vs. FOR Learning

Module 3 – Assessment OF Learning vs Assessment FOR Learning

Hi Classmates,

I chanced upon this short animated video that might help us remember a bit of what we learned in Module 3. Happy watching!

Just click on below link:

1-Minute Video of Assessment OF vs. FOR Learning

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Second Chances

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Module 3 – On Assessment Purposes and Alignment

I am acrophobic and yet in my new job, traveling is a requirement. Although I can request my hotel room to be on lower floors, I simply cannot choose especially if it is not available. Clients offices could be on the top floors as well.  I just say to myself “lose the fear?” or “lose the job!”. When inside a plane, I am assessing myself if I am still scared with turbulence but who’s not?

Anyway, I am trying to align my thinking so I can get started. In my two previous projects, the training assessment went well. Everyone passed the examination with flying colors. All who passed will receive a license card and a certificate with their name on it and is recognized globally. I am proud that the training produced competent licensed practitioners. Basically, this is an example of assessment OF learning.

Only on my third project, I have asked the class if they want their training manuals in their local language which is Bahasa but the class chose English versions. During the class, if there are some clarifications or questions raised, I explain again, give more examples and made sure that the explanation was translated so they hear both English and Bahasa.

Before the final exam, a mock exam was given to gauge whether the class is ready and have a full grasp of the course. Since they were not yet ready judging from the result of the mock exam, the final exam was rescheduled the following week. As we go through the training, I occasionally write down notes that I can incorporate into my next project which is a form of assessment FOR learning.Every training is different so I need to recalibrate my teaching strategy, update my Powerpoint Presentation, add what works and eliminate the unnecessary tasks.

Exam day, I am as nervous as they are but with high hopes that everyone will pass. I have one student who failed both theory and practical exam. A re-sit is allowed using another set of exam papers but final grade will be at 75% regardless if the student get a higher mark on the 2nd take. Lo and behold, the student failed again. I am ready to give her a failing mark but my superior asked me to give it another chance. It is not a normal practice but since training cost is high and we still have three weeks to study the software and do guided application, why not. This time she passed.

I learned later that one of her family was hospitalized and was not able to study prior to the exam and on top of that, during the training, she was pulled out three times to attend to some production problems.  I still believe that our forms of assessment were still aligned with our learning objectives and sometimes, one just need a second chance or should I say third chance.

 

 

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Plan.Do.Check.Act.

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My EDS113 Module 2 e-Journal

Plan – Do – Check – Act, simple. This is one of my favorite learnings in Module 2. Miss one and everything could go wrong. I have known this before as Deming Cycle during my college days. I have applied this both personally and professionally.

     As a Training and Productivity Consultant, we were given projects overseas, mostly in Southeast Asia. We make our travel plans on our own. I book my own air ticket, hotel reservations, and land transfers. We need to plan ahead so we can get cheaper rates or it could balloon as the flight date nears.
     Aside from the logistics, an email to the company will be sent regarding training preparation e.g. participants list, language spoken, training room, projector, printer etc. This might seem obvious, but it is better to spell it out or something might be missing, never assume. Student Manuals were also sent to the company 2 weeks before the training. Just last month, our staff in charge of dispatching the documents failed to send them before the training starts. As a result, copies were printed so that students can use something temporarily, time that could have been spent in learning.
     After everything else was considered, it is very important that you come prepared to class. The student knows if you are confident and have full knowledge of the subject matter.
     Next step is Do. Do lecture, do discussions, do exercises that will help the class understand the topic better. I like the fact that we can practice our own teaching styles and adjust the pacing according to the speed of the class. Usually, we have a different mix, this batch were mostly new hires and a newly formed team. Basics that were not usually tackled were also given time to accommodate the newbies.
     Check and evaluate what works and make some adjustments on the weak areas. I usually make notes of the questions raised by students that can be elaborated or explored, suggestions on how some things can be better and proposal of what they want the system should be doing.
     Act on it. After each training, we submit a project report which includes the examination result on the 1st week, performance on the 2nd week and actual application on the 3rd and 4th week. Errors encountered using the system, achievements, methods improvement that were actually implemented as well as the recommendations.
     This way, administrative or system errors can be addressed. Training Material were also continuously developed. This cycle is also useful for assessment for continuous improvement.
     I am sharing my plan for this course. I am still on the Do part of the cycle but I am hopeful to be in the Act soon, until I am back on track 🙂
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Reference: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/460142-if-you-fail-to-plan-you-are-planning-to-fail