Extramarks Elevate | Breaking down NEP 2020: Assessments for Measurable Learning Outcomes
The National Education Policy (NEP) of 2020 is the new blueprint for India’s educational system. With a focus on comprehensive development and learning outcomes, NEP 2020 aims to revolutionize the way assessments are conducted. It emphasizes moving away from rote learning and traditional exams, towards a more holistic and practical approach.
NEP 2020 encourages continuous and comprehensive evaluation, ensuring students are assessed on various skills and knowledge. The policy also promotes the use of formative assessments, where feedback and personalized interventions play a crucial role in enhancing learning outcomes.
Extramarks held a webinar titled “Breaking down NEP 2020: Assessments for Measurable Learning Outcomes” to discuss this transformative change in the Education sector.
The webinar brought together experts in the field of education,
1) Dr. Naveen Gupta, Head of ICT Dept, St. Marks, Delhi
2) Mr. Sharat Kumar Singh, Principal, GEMS Cambridge International School, Hoshiarpur
3) Ms. B. Vasantha Sevanan, Principal, Shri Vidhya Mandhir, Tamil Nadu
4) Dr. R. Uma Maheswari, Principal, Satchidananda Jothi Nikethan International School, Tamil Nadu
5) Ms. Poonam Singh Jamwal, Director, Extramarks Education
6) Ms. Kusum Rao, DGM- Technology, Reports and Analytics, Extramarks Education
who shared their knowledge on the benefits of NEP 2020, discussed its implementation, its measurable outcomes, its significance, diverse methods of assessments, and a lot more.
Key takeaways from the webinar:
1. Shift from Learning Objectives to Learning Outcomes
To cultivate a meaningful and enriching learning environment, it is essential to break free from the confines of memory-based tests and embrace a more profound approach. The panelists also discussed how by recognizing the significance of formative assessments, we empower teachers to modify their teaching techniques and guide students towards genuine comprehension and a deeper understanding of the subject matter by incorporating their focus on learning outcomes rather than learning objectives. By collectively embarking on this transformative journey, where education becomes a true catalyst for growth and empowers students to thrive with the knowledge that goes beyond rote memorization.
2. Assessments are Identifying the Learning Gaps
In the pursuit of educational excellence, assessments play a crucial role in identifying learning gaps. It is through this constructive evaluation that the collaborative community strives to bridge these gaps effectively. By acknowledging the unique strengths and areas that need improvement, one can tailor the teaching approaches, offering targeted support to each student. The panelists also emphasized embracing this journey of growth together, where assessment becomes a powerful tool and technology plays a very crucial role in uplifting and empowering learners, fostering a harmonious and successful educational experience for all.
3. Technology Adds a New Dimension To Qualitative Teaching
The power of technology in education is undeniable, as it empowers students to embark on a personalized learning journey at their own pace. By harnessing new dimensions of technology, one can optimize classroom time and redirect our focus towards qualitative teaching and assessment. However, the ultimate objective should not solely revolve around the integration of technology but also extend to training and equipping teachers with the necessary skills and tools. Also, Teacher’s feedback on Assessments is very important not just for the students but for their parents to be aware of their child’s capabilities and potential with the help of advanced technologies. By doing so, one can ensure that educators can effectively leverage technology to create a transformative and engaging learning environment, unlocking the full potential of every student and preparing them for a future fueled by knowledge and innovation. Embracing this technological revolution in education while investing in our teachers’ professional development, fostering a holistic and forward-looking approach to learning.
4. Transformation from Memorizing to Gaining Practical Knowledge
In today’s dynamic educational landscape, it is imperative to transcend traditional methods of assessment and embrace a diverse range of evaluation techniques that go beyond merely written exams by incorporating interactive classroom sessions and encouraging simple yet effective oral tests, so that the students not just memorize but actually do the critical thinking and gaining practical knowledge, one can transform the learning experience into an ongoing journey of discovery, fostering continuous growth and the acquisition of knowledge at every step. The panelists also shared their views on the holistic approach that empowers students to develop critical thinking skills, creativity, and real-world application of their learning, preparing them to thrive in an ever-changing world, revolutionizing education together, and unlocking the full potential of every learner.
5. Change of Questioning Patterns from Direct to Comprehension
In the realm of education, assessments need not be confined to rigid patterns; instead, one has the freedom to tailor them based on each child’s unique competencies. As teachers, the greatest achievement lies in recognizing and nurturing the diverse strengths of every child by changing the questioning patterns by choosing comprehension over direct questioning whether it’s in art, presentation skills, or any other talent. The webinar discussed that the focus should be on the process and not just the product by giving the students assessments that outshine their uniqueness and competencies and also on celebrating individuality and fostering a learning environment where each student can flourish and shine in their own exceptional way.
6. Technology Identifies Areas of Difficulties
In today’s time, technology serves as a powerful ally, allowing us to track and monitor a student’s progress over time. By harnessing data-driven insights, one can efficiently identify areas where students may face challenges and, equally important, recognize and nurture their unique strengths. Through seamless communication with parents, one fosters a collaborative approach to learning, ensuring that students receive the necessary support both in the classroom and at home. The panelists also discussed how embracing this amalgamation of technology, data, and parental involvement paves the way for a more holistic and personalized educational experience, propelling each student towards success and fulfillment.
You can access the webinar recording here:
The NEP 2020 brings personalized interventions and measurable learning to the forefront, revolutionizing assessments. With this approach, students can finally bid farewell to the age-old traditional assessments that have been there for years. The benefits of measurable learning are manifold, including a deeper understanding of topics and personalized interventions that address individual learning needs. Throughout the webinar, the panelists’ upfront views shed light on how important it is to understand and implement NEP 2020 to accept the new revolution of learning in education.
Let us embrace this new policy introduced by the government and help transform learning for the better.
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