The pre-course survey, depicted here, has been developed using Survey Monkey to intentionally be utilized as an effective classroom assessment tool. It's formative approach structure probes for background knowledge to receive feedback on the range of preparedness among class participants. The preliminary assessment of knowledge can assist in identifying students zone of proximal development (ZPD). It's application at the beginning of a course may serve as a guide for the instructor to facilitate the learner's development and experiences by becoming aware of their current skills and understanding based upon the course objectives and outcomes. (Peterson 2004). Its use incorporates a level of duality; incorporating screening and diagnostic uses as outlined by Gripps and Stobart (1993) described by Buhagair (2007).
Data retrieved will not only identify participants requiring specific assistance or needs but also identify strengths and weaknesses. In addition, this tool serves as a technological and pedagogical activity not only providing the instructor an avenue to collect information from class participants but also offering the class participants a voice (Bonk, 2004).
Vygotsky's ZPD concept "emphasizes the need for faculty to be alert to their students state of understanding and capabilities on a continuing basis". (Boettcher, 2007)
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