Formative assessment: A great if unusual example

In a previous post I wrote about the value of formative assessment. In this I discussed the value of measuring learning during delivery, not just at the end.

I also gave a practical example of of how I applied this in practice, getting great results, on a financial management course.

On a later course, this time on managing sewerage networks, I required each student to produce a summary of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems and their use.

I needed to be sure that they understood what a SCADA system was, how it could be used and how the data needed to be protected.

Most students produced tidy, conventional one-pager but one apprentice technician, Josh Quin, decided to do his as a poem.

I was initially taken aback, thinking it somewhat frivolous. I could not have been more wrong.

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