Online assessments become more and more popular not only among distance learning institutions but also among blended and traditional schools. However, when it comes to the online environment, it seems that multiple choice tests are used by the majority of distance learning programs…
Don’t get me wrong. I think that multiple choice tests can be a great tool if you want to measure students’ knowledge of facts, figures, or some concrete information. There are also some advantages for creating multiple choice exams:
- they are relatively simple to put together (if done incorrectly:-) ) ,
- they provide immediate feedback,
- they can be randomized to prevent plagiarism and cheating
- they can even be adapted to your students’ particular level
However, these tests also have numerous limitations :
- it is extremely hard to design reliable tests and develop test items
- they can be very ambiguous and tricky, and often set students up for a failure
- they are really not effective at measuring higher order critical skills
Digital worlds offer great opportunities for development of more sophisticated measures of assessment of learner’s knowledge and skills. Wikis, podcasts, interactive voice threads, e-portfolios, games and simulations, performance and product-based learning ,and many others have the potential to build more interactivity, engagement, collaboration, and autonomy; and they can be much more enjoyable to our learners.
With these new types of assessments, online students can be offered the opportunity to learn about a topic or explore a question, but in their own unique manner. They can utilize the learning and problem-solving skills they already have and develop new abilities that will help them achieve real-life goals.
The learner(s) are not finding an answer to something that the teacher already “knows”; rather, it is assumed that the learner or learners might well find information that the teacher doesn’t know about, in which the teacher will be interested for their own learning experience as a participant in the learning process. After drawing from a variety of media, the project will present, discuss, and conclude upon various perspectives on a topic, each of them validated by being supported by peer-reviewed literature or literature from reliable sources of information. The perspectives might not be those shared by the teacher; what is important is that they should be supported by references from the literature in order to qualify as valid.
Certainly there are some challenges that come with such new assessments:
- The teachers need to re-consider their own role.. we are no longer knowledge givers.
- There is no longer one right answer, there actually can be an unlimited ways to reach the problem,
- The process of learning is as important as the product
- Designing such activities can be a challenge, and developing the ways to measure learner success on these types of assessments is not as easy as creation of true-or false test items.
Rubrics for assessments online can be one way to help measure learner’s success on such activities. In my search for sample rubrics for assessments online that can be used for these new types of assessments I found a professional development page of the website of the University of Wisconsin-Stout. These amazing resources are from there. Enjoy!
Rubrics for assessments online:
Online Discussion Rubric: http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/discussionrubric.html
Power Point and Podcast Rubric: http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/pptrubric.html
Web Project Rubric: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/upload/rubric6.pdf
Virtual Simulations and Games Rubric: http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/gamerubric.html
Self-assessment and peer feedback: http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/inspirationrubric.html
Video Project Rubric: http://www2.uwstout.edu/content/profdev/rubrics/videorubric.html
Creating your own rubric: http://rubistar.4teachers.org/
This is a nice site that allows you to create rubrics for different subjects and even make them interactive!
Here is a handy rubric template that you can customize for your training or your class when you are in a hurry: http://edweb.sdsu.edu/triton/july/rubrics/Rubric_Template.html
Plug in your info and get a rubric made for you. Also browse through more than 500 premade rubrics:
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