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Assessment strategies for online learning

  1. 1. Assessment Strategies for Online Learning Caroline Conlon, eLearning Design Coordinator Faculty Development & Instructional Design Center
  2. 2. Session Topics• How assessment strategies fit into the overall Instructional design process• Assessment categories, specifically the role of formative and summative assessments in an online environment• 7 Principles of Effective Online Assessments• Assessment tools available for use in Blackboard and considerations for their use in an online environment• Academic integrity
  3. 3. Assessment and the Instructional Design Process• Include assessment strategy into the ID process• Align assessment strategy with learning objectives or learning outcomes• Think about assessment from learner perspective
  4. 4. Assessment CategoriesFormative Assessment Summative Assessment Surveys Midterm / Final Exam Journals Quizzes Blogs Standardized Tests Wikis Final Grades Discussion Boards Final PresentationsSelf and Peer Assessments Term Papers
  5. 5. 7 Principles of effective online assessment Design learner-centered assessments that include self- reflection Design and include grading rubrics for the assessment of contributions to the discussion as well as for assignments, projects, and collaboration Include collaborative assessments through public posting of papers, along with comments from student to student Use Assessment techniques that fit the context and align with learning objectives Design assessments that are clear, easy to understand, and likely to work in an online environment Ask for and incorporate student input (Palloff & Pratt, 2009)
  6. 6. Assessment ToolsRubricsAllow for objective and consistent assessmentClarifies your expectations about assessmentMakes students accountable for their performanceProvides a rationale for gradingIf team teaching or TA is grading, provides a framework for all
  7. 7. Assessment Tools
  8. 8. Assessment ToolsSurveysUse Survey tool to gather aggregate responses from studentsRemind students surveys are anonymousIf desiring to share findings with students, copy/paste results into Word to post to Blackboard
  9. 9. Assessment StrategiesDiscussion Board, Wikis, Blogs, JournalsProvide clear expectations up front (word count, substance, use rubrics)Provide feedback or comments along with gradeIn the Discussion Board, best to grade by forum versus the thread
  10. 10. Assessment ToolsOnline Quizzes, Tests, and Pools Allow students opportunity to practice Format questions in MS Word and import using the Blackboard Quiz Generator Add test questions to pools for easy reuse and expansion Check with your textbook publisher to see if they offer question pools for your textbook Create tests from random blocks or question pools whenever possible
  11. 11. Assessment ToolsAssignmentsUse Assignment Manager for file exchangeAttach assignment instructions and/or template files when creating assignmentDownload submitted assignments for offline gradingEnter feedback electronically & return to students via the assignment
  12. 12. Assessment StrategiesSafeAssignUse SafeAssign for substantial written assignmentsInform students in the syllabus of the requirements to use SafeAssignCreate draft version for students to submit to in order to self-check their workMake originality reports viewable by students
  13. 13. Academic IntegrityPlagiarism –Use SafeAssignGet to know the student’s capabilities through the use of formative assessmentsTests and Quizzes –Randomize the order of test questionsRandomly select a percentage from test poolIf a home quiz or test, allow open book
  14. 14. Academic Integrity“Spending large quantities of valuabletime chasing after a small percentage ofcheaters can quickly lead to diminishingreturns” (Simonson, Smaldino, Albright & Zvacek, 2011)
  15. 15. ReferencesPalloff, R. M., & Pratt, K. (2009). Assessing theonline learner, resources and strategies forfaculty. Jossey-Bass Inc Pub.Simonson, M., Smaldino, S., Albright, M., &Zvacek, S. (2011). Teaching and learning at adistance, foundations of distance education.Allyn & Bacon.