Online Assessment Design

3 Learning Outcomes and Constructive Alignment

3.2 Online Assessment Types and Tools

Online assessment types and tools (adapted from Donnan 2004)

Assessment TypeExamplesMoodle ToolsPedagogy Considerations
Traditional Assessment Submitted Online Essays
Case Studies
Assignment upload
Online marking and feedback
Marking criteria/rubrics for clear standards and expectations
Formative tasks such as essay plans
Peer review
Automated assessment Quizzes including multiple choice, multiple response, fill-in the blanks, yes/no responses, label matching, ordering options and entering text. Calculations/randomly generated answers.
Concept maps.
Moodle Quizzes and Online text.
Specialist programs such as Respondus or Questionmark, Hot Potatoes etc.
Provides general and specific feedback for self-assessment, diagnosis, and formative feedback.
Can address higher order critical thinking skills.
Interactive learning, participation, and knowledge construction. Contributions to discussion forums.
Reading summaries/ critical reviews
Discussion forums
Blackboard Collaborate
Align with learning outcomes, ie communication, thinking problem solving.
Encourage social engagement in learning.
Test for understanding/ engagement with readings.
Invigilated online exams : (mid/final semester) Range of formats
Multiple choice/ short answer, automated
Longer essay type etc
Addresses concerns of plagiarism, reliabilityValidity and security.
Appropriate for professional accreditation standards.
Authentic assessment Scenario based learning
Laboratory/Field trip reports
Critical incident analysis
Case studies/Role play
Online oral presentations/debate
Blackboard Collaborate
YouTube videos
Experiential learning.
Theory/Work integration. Consultancy skills
Work experience
Engaging students in developing criteria, self and peer review
Critical reflection and meta-cognition Electronic portfolios
Documenting evidence of learning/Competencies.
Online journals, logs, diaries, blogs, wikis
Embedded reflective activities
Peer and self-assessment.
Mahara e-portfolio
Assessing learning processes, not just products.
Options for self-assessment and peer assessment.
Use of rubrics for assessment.