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The assessment is one of my concerns on teaching and learning process.

It is not only
because of my obligation as a teacher, but also many problems and issues that
happened in my country related to the fairness of assessments. My experiences taught
me that teaching is not only teaching the material, but also giving the meaningful
learning experiences for my students. My mistake was only focused on the students
achievement, which influenced my students to be score oriented. They would do
anything to get the best score, such as cheating. These conditions encourage me to
think about what do the good assessments.

Under the traditional assessment, my creativity is limited (Bain, Ballantyne, Mills, &
Lester, 2002). I just focused to increase my students score. I just gave my students the
objective tests monthly to assess my students. The outcomes was very disappointed,
my students could not answer the questions correctly. If, they could answer the
questions correctly, I did not have information that how was their strategies to solve the
problems. In addition, my list of questions cannot assess my students understanding of
the concepts. The types of questions tend to encourage students to remember the
material rather than understand the concept. I realized that this type of assessment is
really the unfair way to assess my students performance. Therefore, I motivate myself
to improve my knowledge and skills on the ideal assessments.

My experiences at SMEC, especially on the foundation and issues course about the
assessment influence to think about the ideal assessment that I can apply. At the first
time, I just think that it will be impossible because most classes in Indonesia are larger
classes. However, the lecturer told me about the example of the assessment in
Singapore that applied in the larger classroom. Therefore, the willingness of the
teachers to give the best skills that they have will be important. In my country, the
government encourages the teachers to apply the outcome-based education by giving
them the high salary. Therefore, I hope that me and the other teachers in Indonesia
applied that approach are not only because of the money, but also because of their
awareness of teachers role in teaching and learning process.
Recently, I thought about three types of assessment that I learnt on foundation and
issues. Each type of assessment has the strength and the limitations. Therefore, I
though that the comprehensive assessments through varied types of assessments will
help me to assess my students effectively. I am interested to apply the goal-based
assessment which involves my students participations on their own learning process. It
changes my mind that teacher is the only one person who can assess their students in
the classroom setting. I never think about students and teacher collaboration to
construct the assessments. In addition, my research is related to metacognition which
give the meaningful learning experience through students awareness of their own
learning progress. Therefore, this assessment will be interesting to apply in the
classroom. I realized that I could not take away the norm-referenced assessment.
However, I will not use the norm-referenced assessment as the only one assessment
that I will apply. Furthermore, the criteria-referenced assessment will be relevant to
assess my students performance in laboratory. I will give the clear criteria which are
expected to help the students achieve the learning goals (Baughin, Brod, Page, 2002).
Furthermore, the information from the criteria-referenced assessment provides
information for students on the skills that they need to improve.

In conclusion, the assessments can help the teachers to create the meaningful learning
experiences to their students. The teachers can motivate their students to improve their
performances. In addition, the students can participate to assess their own learning
progress. Comprehensive assessments can give the complete picture of the students
skills and performance (Fukuda, 2007). This valuable information can be used to
improve teaching and learning process. The important part of the application of the
assessment is teacher willingness to work hard to apply the assessment which can
appropriate to assess their students performance.
Being a user of technology at every opportunity I was elated to learn more about this course
when I found out that I will be doing it this semester. Educational Technology was a very
interesting course, I have learnt as evidence by this reflection.

My lecturer, Mrs. McFarlane, will always be remembered as an individual with a sense of


humour and creativity. She afforded me the opportunity to manipulate many new devices and
tools. We were also exposed to different materials highlighting the importance of integrating
technology in the classroom. As I reflect on the course, I must say that I have really learnt a lot.