Reviewing Formative versus Summative Evaluations - Exercise

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Reviewing Formative versus Summative Evaluations - Exercise

Reviewing Formative versus Summative Evaluations

Duration: 15 to 20 minutes.

In this exercise, you will use your knowledge of formative and summative evaluations to answer the following questions.

Keep in mind this scenario from the previous lessons: You are working as an ID in your organization, and the head of human resources has come to your group with a specific need for the group to develop some training on working with difficult coworkers.

  1. You create an assessment test that contains 25 questions that is going to be given to learners after they complete the course to test their knowledge. Is this an example of a formative or summative evaluation?
  2. Using this information from the course, write an assessment question: As a first step in trying to deal with the coworker, it is often advisable to speak with him or her privately about the situation.
  3. At the end of lesson 1 of the course, you have added a three-question test your knowledge quiz that the facilitator can use to determine if he or she needs to go back over any of the previous material. Is this an example of a formative or summative evaluation?

Solution:

  1. This is an example of a summative evaluation as it takes place at the end of the learning, assessing overall learning by students.
  2. Answers will vary but you could write a multiple choice question, such as: What is an often effective first step in dealing with a difficult coworkers?
    1. Speak to your manager about the issue at hand.
    2. Speak to the coworker privately.
    3. Ask another coworker if he or she has had issues with the difficult person.
  3. This is a formative evaluation, as it takes place during training and can be used by the instructor to make changes to learning as it is taking place.
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