It is time to know the future of student reports, for educators to enhance learning and increase student feedback.
The world of education is full of measurement and reporting systems. In fact, it has so many processes for this purpose that nobody knows where they are or what they are for in detail, or they are not really useful for much. Therefore, it is worth the effort to ask ourselves what is the future of student reporting in this new era.
We know that technology has entered with force in the most diverse areas of life. This also has its correlate in the world of education.
Some people think that this change is based on making online classes or having cloud platforms to host content, videos and many other materials. But that was a revolution in the first half of the 1990s. Today it’s very different.
Whether we are thinking about the world of school education, where we have reports of grades, behavior and other records of student progress (both for the student and their families); or we are imagining a student in higher education and even graduate school, the truth is that reports are vital … but only if they are well done.
Having reports is an excellent way to provide feedback and help a person’s learning process have guidance and continuity. But many times these reports provide unhelpful information or give a vision that does not offer ways for learners to improve.
Other times, they are reports that are made to “comply with the protocol” but not to improve the teaching-learning-application process.
Going from a manual report, which takes a lot of time for each teacher and is always subject to the teacher’s particular criteria, time and dedication, to reports that are the same thing on platforms where the teacher writes it on his computer so that later it comes out with a “nicer” form, but in reality being almost the same thing.
Reading the English site called “TeacherToolkit”, I found an interesting article that addresses this issue, which makes a lot of sense to me with the work we have been doing for several years now at HPI International, helping the development of evaluation systems and automatic reports that help to avoid that tedious work for teachers, and delivering, both to students and their families, information that is really useful.
Thus, when thinking about the future of student reports, we find that these will not only be automatic in the various areas, not only knowledge tests, but essentially those of skills, attitudes and other key areas in the development of students in their daily or work practice.
Along with this, this report allows us to provide feedback built from various sources of information, allowing us to provide a clear guide on how to improve on what makes a difference for the student and his or her goals.
We need educators to focus on doing this challenging work better and better and to rely on new technological developments so that monitoring, reporting and feedback are constant, more effective, personalized and fully automated.
Now it only remains for educational entities to take the step to incorporate this new trend for the future of their student reports.