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10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning

10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction and Learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it
How much time do we put into the design of the assessment plans in our online courses? Is most of that time focused upon summative graded assignments that factor into the course grade? Or, do they also include opportunity for practice and informal feedback?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 24, 2:46 PM

They make sense, but ask teachers about authentic assessment. It is still thought of as an isolated activity where the student does their project alone. That is not the way of the world and has not been forever. We work and learn together. Why not assess together?

Dr Seroya Crouch's curator insight, February 25, 12:09 AM

Good ideas for better assessment of online courses!

Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, February 25, 6:19 AM

Wonderful article that challenges us to think through the online assessments and their prep!

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Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides

Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

After a decade of rapid expansion in Australian higher education, student numbers have grown considerably in many courses and subjects, especially at the undergraduate level.

Larger class sizes pose significant teaching challenges, not least in the assessment of student learning. Perhaps most troubling, large classes may limit the amount of feedback provided to students.


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Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, July 16, 2013 6:47 AM

Good thoughts/good ideas. 

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, July 20, 2013 6:41 PM

very detaiiled

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3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment

3 Statements That Describe Rigorous Assessment | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

"As we’ve discussed 7 myths about rigor, and the characteristics of rigor in curriculum, the final component is rigorous assessment. There are (at least) three aspects of rigorous assessments."


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We've been talking a lot lately about "authentic" assessment.


Here are the three statements discussed in this post. 

1. The Assessment Is Appropriate

2. The Assignment Is Purposeful

3. The Assessment Promotes Understanding

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, February 8, 3:23 AM

The three aspects that are discussed in this post are:

* Appropriate

* Purposeful

* Promotes understanding

The discussion on 'Appropriate' includes a variety of suggestions that help demonstrate how rigor is embedded in the assessment. In some cases the assessment is also related to each level of Bloom's Taxonomy.

What does 'Purposeful' mean? Reflect on the standards you are teaching. What type of thinking are you asking your students to do? What is the final product that will demonstrate their understanding?

'Promotes understanding' ties into all the areas but also consider how to make this an authentic learning experience as you design a rigorous assessment. Several examples are included.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 8, 2:53 PM

Rigourous curriculum and assessment is important. These three points are ones that we are continuously focus on. A good read,

Daniel Rimmereid's curator insight, March 25, 5:35 PM

This is a great resource that really describes clearly and concisely what makes a great assessment but it took it one step further by talking about rigor. The first point is that good assessments need to be appropriate. This talks about how the assessment needs to be about what students learned but more importantly it needs to talk about and address what the students learned in a challenging way. If the assessment is too easy then students will not be truly assessed on the material and thus the assessment will be weak. The second point is that assessment needs to be purposeful. It is good for your students to finish an assessment and for them to clearly see what they have produced from that assessment. The third point is that the assessment should allow students to come away with some deeper form of understanding on the topic. I think something that I have taken away from this article is that assessment can be a great tool for deepening students understanding and really giving them something to be able to look back and know that they have accomplished something. 

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Strategies to enhance peer feedback | Assessment for Learning

Strategies to enhance peer feedback | Assessment for Learning | Teaching in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Some strategies are particularly suited to younger students, where often the names that teachers have for these strategies provide a 'shorthand' way of communicating to students that they wish them to provide peer feedback.


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