Modern education aims to develop learners' thinking. It also assumes to be learner-centred. Learner competences are developed as a result of solving problems rather than through the transmission of knowledge. An ability to define quality objectives, ask strong questions and choose essential parameters for description help learners deal with problems for which no ready-made solutions are available.

More specifically, there are at least three aspects for you to consider.

  1. The tools will help you and your learners reflect on the quality of what they have produced. In addition to merely asking oneself if it is a good question, it will be possible to consider how good it is based on specific criteria. As a result, it may act as a useful tool for feedback.
  2. The tools will help you see where exactly your learners fall behind. For example, you might realise that very few of them are able to achieve a desired result independently or that they define their learning objectives only when being explicitly invited to do so. This will help you decide what needs to be given more attention during upcoming classes.
  3. The tools will help you and your learners to make assessment of some aspects of the learning process more objective. Normally we have good criteria for assessing subject content, however evaluation is not that easy when dealing with something beyond our domain. Imagine that learners should produce a text to win a certain contest. Before doing the actual writing, they put down their ideas creating a kind of “portrait” of the future text. The tool for assessing parameters will normally help us assess these “portraits” in a more objective way compared to the usual “this is very creative” or “you should still work on it”.
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