Strenths and Limitations of Assessment Methods

Teaching Approach | How it can be Differentiated to meet Individual Learner Needs | Strengths | Limitations |
Open discussion | Helps learners to articulate their understanding if they struggle to put it in writingCan involve each learner with question suited to their level of comprehensionCan be used to reiterate key points | Learners can answer questions they are comfortable withAll learners can participate | Individuals might be left out due to shyness of lack of motivation or some learners might dominate the discussion.Easy to travel off point, tutor needs to remain focused to keep the group on track |
Practical demonstration | Suits visual learnersLearners can be placed nearer to the demonstration to enhance viewpointCan ask question during the demonstration to heck understanding and pace the lesson to suit the needs of the leaners | Handouts can be used to aid understanding and suit other learning styles Can be used to aid active learning and interest.Method used to demonstrate a skill | May rely on resources and/or equipment that may not be available or workingLarger groups are harder to manage to ensure visibilityPace of the lesson is hard to correctly balance between getting all the information across and going too slowly so learners get bored, or too fast and learners miss things. |
Quizzes | Can change the level of the questions to suit the learner ability of stage of comprehension | Can suit the question to the individual learner Tool to check learner understandingCan be used as a feedback tool based on learner answers | Learners may interpret the questions wrongly if not written clearlyNot option to extend learning at the time of answering |
Lectures | Difficult to differentiate, handouts can be used to aid understanding | Can be used with large groups | Difficult to differentiateNo option to check understanding in large groups |
Guest Speakers | Learners can prepare questions prior to the speakers arrival, as well as questions...