About the Assessments
There are a number of opportunities for formative and summative assessment as students .
This course uses a “learn-by-doing” approach. Nowhere is that more true than in the Practical Skills component of the course. Students have information regarding completing the practical skills section in: Module 1: About Practical skills.
In order to complete this course, students will need supervised access to a horse to practice and demonstrate the practical skills outcomes in the Agriculture 2020 curriculum. Encourage students to identify an evaluator for the practical skills component early on.
Either the teacher or the student can provide the assessment documents to the evaluator. There is no grade assigned for this component – students just need to complete the practical component to the satisfaction of the evaluator.
Instructions for the practical skills:
- Download and print out the Practical Skills Documents using the links located at the bottom of this page. Here’s how you use each.
- The Horse Health Check Information Guide accompanies the Horse Health Check Checklist. This handy guide explains the horse health check and walks you through the process. You do NOT need to submit this.
- The Horse Health Check Checklist: The student fills this out during the assessment.
- The AGR 2020 Practical Skills Assessment Sheet: Student completes Section 1, the Evaluator completes Section 2.
- Once the evaluator has completed and signed the Practical Skills Assessment Sheet, it should be mailed to the teacher.
Practical Skills Documents for Download
- Horse Health Check Information Guide
- Horse Health Check Checklist
- AGR 2020 Practical Skills Assessment Sheet
The practice quizzes are formative in nature. They are designed to help students answer the question, “How well did I understand what I just learned in this topic?” They are stand-alone quizzes that do not require teacher involvement. Practice quizzes are found throughout the course at the bottom of selected topic pages. Students can complete the activities as many times as they like. These practice quizzes are anonymous. Only the student sees the results and at no point are they submitted for grades.
The graded activities are summative in nature. They are generative activity assessments designed to help the teacher assess the student’s understanding, while encouraging the student to build capacity while accruing a collection of assets which they can draw upon for their final project.
Students must complete the graded activities in order to meet the learning expectations in the AGR 2020 Equine Husbandry & Welfare course. Assessment rubrics are included in the module booklets. If you choose not to use the rubrics it is important to advise students of the assessment criteria.
Students submit their activities at the completion of each module using the online submission tool located at the end of each module. Students also need to keep a copy of the completed module booklets in a course folder on their computers or cloud-based file storage location. These completed activities can be used to create a portfolio and can be used as source material for their personal statement and final project.
How to access student submissions
You will be notified by email when a student has submitted an completed module, storyboard activity and final assignment.
Dropping / Skipping Graded Activities
Teachers have the option to drop or skip graded activities. Note that in doing so it is vital that:
- You advise your students ahead of time
- The outcomes assessed in any dropped / skipped activity must be assessed in at least one other graded activity.
- The weighting of assessments is adjusted in the course grading scheme. (Note: a pre-formatted editable Grade Book Excel file is provided for your use.
Teachers may also use their discretion in allowing students to replace an activity with documented experience in a home or work-related environment. However, it is important to ensure that students are demonstrating experience that reflects current best practice and knowledge.
In AGR 2020 Equine Husbandry & Welfare, students are expected to learn to apply principles of animal science and health technology to provide care for a domestic animal, and use a domestic animal and a housing or fencing structure to help you demonstrate what you have learned.
In addition to the learning tasks that students complete for the course, students are asked to complete a final project of their choice. They are provided with a number of different options, but can also develop their own project with teacher guidance and approval. (see the Assignment Instructions topic of the Final Project module).
The project options are designed to use work that students have already completed for their learning tasks. A Project Planning Guide is provided for students in the Project Planning Guide topic of the Final Project module.