Teacher Education finds Myprogress™ increasingly useful for observational assessments

30 April, 2014

Northampton University has now joined Sheffield Hallam University in embracing Myprogress™ , the popular mobile assessment system from MyKnowledgeMap, for use as their system for managing assessment of student teachers.

Northampton University has now joined Sheffield Hallam University in embracing Myprogress™ , the popular mobile assessment system from MyKnowledgeMap, for use as their system for managing assessment of student teachers.

With the increasing focus in Teacher Education of student teachers spending more time in schools, the challenge of university departments has been to maintain effective contact with their students when they are on placement in a school, and to track their progress via continuous assessment. The increased emphasis on matching competence achievement to the teacher training standards, providing adequate and responsive feedback to students, and demonstrating good control to OFSTED have all combined to make the Myprogress™ system very attractive to Teacher Education departments. Experienced teachers in schools are being asked to take on more workload to assess student teachers in the classroom, and the traditional admin can be challenging after a busy tiring day. Replacing paper forms with smart devices such as tablets enabling mobile based assessments that are already mapped to the teacher training competency standards can dramatically reduce the admin workload on teachers and also make the whole system much more responsive in terms of feedback to students and reporting capability. Staff in schools are now much more involved in teacher education and MyProgress provides a means of improved engagement between school, university and the student.

Rob Arntsen, CEO of MyKnowledgeMap, commented: 

We are really pleased to see this increasing interest in Myprogress™ for use in teacher education. Our unique mobile assessment technology does provide significant advantages where observational assessments are central to the education proposition. Schools need this type of technology to enable them to cope with ever increasing workload. We are continuing to invest heavily in product investment for Myprogress™, and this will now include more focus on areas such as teacher education.