Constructivist Approaches to Students’ Assessments During the Coronavirus-19 Pandemic: Lessons Learned (70280)

Session Information: Development & Assessment using Technology in Education
Session Chair: Zilungile Sosibo

Friday, 22 September 2023 10:45
Session: Session 1
Room: Gotic
Presentation Type:Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 2 (Europe/Madrid)

When the Coronavirus-19 pandemic broke out in March 2020, teachers were compelled to switch to emergency remote teaching, learning, and assessments in order to observe social distancing, and to curb the spread of the virus. Consequently, teachers had to adapt to novel ways of teaching and learning so that students could cover the academic curriculum. This shift created a digital divide between those students who had access and those who did not have access to digital resources (laptops, iPads and smartphones) and Wi-Fi. Similarly, instructors who were accustomed to handling examinations/tests manually found themselves having to quickly adapt to online assessments, with little guidance on how to do so. Nevertheless, the Coronavirus-19 pandemic has opened our eyes to the integral role that constructivism plays in teaching, learning and assessments. This paper investigated how university lecturers at a South African university promoted constructivist approaches to assessments during the Coronavirus-19 pandemic. The paper investigated the nature of online assessment activities given to students, and assessment methods used in relation to how they promoted constructivism. Data were collected through online questionnaires sent to 35 purposely selected lecturers in a Faculty of Education. Results revealed that lecturers used a variety of sophisticated constructivist activities and approaches to assess students, and that they were well-experienced in handling students’ challenges and anxieties about these novel assessment methods. The conclusion that can be drawn is that Coronavirus-19 precipitated constructivist approaches to assessments that are key to future teaching and learning when and if new pandemics break out.

Authors:
Zilungile Lungi Sosibo, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa


About the Presenter(s)
Professor Zilungile Lungi Sosibo is a University Administration at Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00