Why Assess?


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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