Good practice in online assessment
Some good practice ideas:
- Use the same good assessment practices as apply in any environment see Assessment practices and the Deakin Assessment Policy in The Guide.
- Choose assessment tools depending on the type of learning outcomes you hope to measure
- For example, quizzes are effective for testing knowledge-comprehension outcomes; online assignments (dropboxes) provide more scope for longer responses required to test most analytical, evaluative, synthesising learning outcomes.
- Offer choices in assessments, including choice of format, eg visual, audio or interactive media (where appropriate).
- Use simple, reliable online submission procedures, and explain them clearly.
- Set up a practice 'dropbox' if you will be using online assignments.
Provide links to the relevant student 'How to …' guides.
- If you are using Turnitin (dropbox with plagiarism detection) to check for text that is not original, inform students their work will be checked, and adjust the assignment settings so students can check and re-work assignments before the due date.
- Release feedback to support progressive development as soon as possible.
- For DSO assessments, check the grades, dropbox and/or quizzes tools are visible to students in the site navbar, or that there are clear links to these from your content list, so they can access feedback instantly.
For more information, see Designing your online/blended unit: assessment.
e-Learning Maturity Model learning process descriptions:
- Assessment is designed to progressively build student competence
- Courses are designed to support diverse learning styles and learner capabilities
- Students receive feedback on their performance within courses
Good practice examples: