Ideas and Tips for Changes to Spring 2020 Course Assessment Tools and Plans
- Closely connect written assessments to specific course readings, key concepts, and material discussed in prior in-person class meetings. Articulate the connection for learners.
- Change the exam format. For example, substitute a small number of short-answer questions or tasks for a larger set of multiple-choice questions.
- Use tools in Blackboard to randomize question and answer order.
- Assign small groups of students to complete an assessment task together following best practices for effective group work. Best practices for structuring online group work will be posted within the Rapid Online Course Development Guide shortly.
- Create video assignments in which individual students feature themselves going about an assessment task and narrating how they do so, e.g. making a clay model or solving a word problem. Assign students to small groups. Have the students in each group share and assess each member’s video using a specific rubric. Best practices for rubric design are available from the University’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment.
- Try out a new form of assessment or two. Have students design a poster presentation or an infographic, for example. m
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