Visuals from My e.Scape Presentation: Did They Get It? A Dozen Tips for Preparing Effective Online Assessments and Exercises

At the e.Scape conference on technology and teaching at Concordia University, I presented Did They Get It? A Dozen Tips for Preparing Effective Online Assessments and Exercises:

One of the most challenging parts of teaching online is assessing whether students learned anything. Part of the problem results from the affordances of computers in processing responses to questions so many instructors limit themselves to questions that computers can easily process: multiple choice, true/false, and fill-in-the blank. But perhaps part of the problem is that we e-learning instructors let these mechanics of questioning interfere with our conceptualization of the questions. This session explains how to write meaningful assessment questions and use them in online programs.

Follow this link for a copy of the visuals:–e-scape–prn.pdf


4 Replies to “Visuals from My e.Scape Presentation: Did They Get It? A Dozen Tips for Preparing Effective Online Assessments and Exercises”

  1. Hi Saul,

    I wonder if part of the solution is to move away from our reliance on tests for summative assessment and move towards using activities/project based assessment for summative stuff.

    I guess it depends on the learning context, in a place with policy or compliance issues around final exams there isn’t much in the way of choice. I also suppose it depends on the level of the learner and the content.

    Doris Pellerin from Universite Laval visited Lincoln University at one point, his work on this was really nice and mediated via a mix of their LMS and Adobe Connect.

    1. I certainly understand about why you couldn’t make the session, Cameron.

      As far as moving away from our reliance on tests, I think we’re thinking alike. The “live” presentation actually made a case for “appropriate evaluation;” tests in situations that warrant it or ones where they are the only practical way of providing a grade but projects, essays, and demonstrations when they are both reflective of the objectives and practical to assess. But that said, authenticity and originality of the student work is the basis for an honest assessment (the reason for the last few slides).

      1. Yeah, I’d love to pop round for these sorts of presentations, but I think my boss would find it would strain our travel budget somewhat.

        It is a balance, especially when you’re trying to either fulfill a policy/compliance need or dealing with lower level declarative knowledge.

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