This week we look at the principles and practice of assessment. Assessment is central to the student experience. It is the linchpin of the design of any course and especially of online courses. It is the key to student engagement. So, this is a really important topic. It is also a highly complex one. You might say that designing good assessment is a creative art. So there's a lot to discuss.
Click on the image below to play an introductory presentation on online assessment and feedback.
To start with we ask you to review key concepts and current issues in assessment. There are two videos to watch (see the link entitled Assessment videos below) that should help you to do this relatively efficiently. Check that you have a grasp of the important concepts. The activities this week focus on online assessment and feedback in particular, or to put it another way, we look at how the principles of assessment apply to the practice of online learning and teaching.
We take a pragmatic, experiential approach to looking at online assessment. We ask you to consider your experience of designing group work assessment and student engagement on this course and to think through how you would design assessment relating to these two areas.
Take another look at some of the small group presentations from week 3. (Click here for the public Google drive link.) Prepare a proposal for an effective means of assessing this task. What criteria should be used? Who should be involved in the marking and feedback process? How should they be involved? What kind(s) of feedback processes would be most appropriate?
Post your suggestion as a new topic, adding your name to the subject header. Take a look at some other suggestions and offer your feedback to colleagues on them. Don't forget to check back on your own contribution from time to time to respond to feedback on it.
Key reading: Centre for the Study of Higher Education (2002). Assessing group work. Accessed 10 April 2015 from http://www.cshe.unimelb.edu.au/assessinglearning/03/group.html. (If you read one thing this week it should be this one)