FLVS Discussion-Based Assessments (DBAs): Options and Alternatives
If you missed our quick-start video about discussion-based assessments (DBAs), don’t worry! In this post, we’re sharing a great recap that covers everything you need to know.
At FLVS, we want students to be successful and completely comfortable when learning online. This includes discussion-based assessments. Even though some students may get nervous or anxious, just remember that DBAs are simply a verbal conversation between you and your teacher.
DBAs are one of the ways we ensure academic integrity (and make sure that it’s actually you doing the work). This is why teachers need to hear directly from you! They will be referencing the work you have done and speaking to students and parents multiple times throughout the course, so there is a common thread of communication that helps teachers connect a face (or voice) to the same student they see in live lessons and through submitted work. DBAs are also there for teachers to help you!
To get ready for a DBA, you can use any notes you have taken, your assignments, and lessons. You can contact your teacher to see if they have any other specific resources for their course to help you prepare.
There is a myth that DBAs can only be completed over the phone and that is not true! Your teacher does need to hear from you directly, but there is no rule or policy that your DBA be held over the phone. DBAs are verbal conversation between you and your teacher, but you have lots of options on ways to do this:
- A live lesson or their virtual office
- Zoom or other video conferencing
- Phone call
- Any other option that you have discussed with your teacher
The main thing is to not be nervous! Your teacher is there to help you succeed. If you have any questions or you get to the point when you are ready to complete a DBA, you can contact your teacher via email, text, or phone. We know you will be fantastic!
Post by Melanie Ahlschwede, English 1 Lead Instructor, & Christina Nelson, Peer Counseling Lead Instructor