Assessment Strategies for Online Learning

Engagement and Authenticity


Assessment Strategies for Online Learning

For many learners assessment conjures up visions of red pens scrawling percentages in the top right-hand corner of exams and feelings of stress, inadequacy, and failure. Although negative student reactions to evaluation have been noted, assessment has provided educational institutions with important information about learning outcomes and the quality of education for many decades. But how accurate is this data and has it informed practice or been fully incorporated into the learning cycle? Conrad and Open argue that the potential in many of the new learning environments to alter and improve assesment has yet to be explored by educators and students. In their investigation of assessment methods and learning approaches, Conrad and Openo aim to explore assessment that engages learners and authentically evaluates education. They insist that moving to new learning environments, specifically those online and at a distance, afford educators opportunities to embrace only the most effective face-to-face assessment methods and to realize the potential of delivering education in the digital age. In this volume practitioners will find not only an indispensable introduction to new forms of assessment but also a number of best practices as described by experienced educators.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover 1
Half Title 2
Title 4
Copyright 5
Contents 6
Foreword 8
Preface 12
1. The Big Picture: A Framework for Assessment in Online Learning 18
2. The Contribution of Adult Education Principles to Online Learning and Assessment 36
3. What Do You Believe? The Importance of Beliefs about Teaching and Learning in Online Assessm ent 52
4. Authenticity and Engagement: The Question of Quality in Assessment 70
5. Assessment Using E-Portfolios, Journals, Projects, and Group Work 88
6. The Age of “Open”: Alternative Assessments, Flexible Learning, Badges, and Accredita tion 106
7. Planning an Assessment and Evaluation Strategy—Authentically 122
8. Flexible, Flipped, and Blended: Technology and New Possibilities in Learning and Assessm ent 146
9. A Few Words on Self-Assessment 168
10. Summing Up 174
Appendix • Other Voices: Reflections from the Field 178
References 194
A 218
Index 218
C 218
B 218
L 219
M 219
K 219
J 219
I 219
H 219
G 219
F 219
E 219
D 219
O 220
P 220
Q 220
R 220
W 220
T 220
S 220
Z 221