Module 3: Assessment Strategies for a Virtual Environment
When we move away from traditional assessment design and incorporate authentic and inclusive practices in our assessment design, we realize that assessments in virtual learning environments are not very different from those in face-to-face environments. Thoughtfully designed authentic assessments help students learn in any environment.
Improving the quality of our online assessments requires us to be reflective educators who are able to strategically design any type of assessment (e.g., diagnostic, formative and summative) using appropriate digital tools that are accessible and engaging.
Designing non-traditional assignments can also lead to more culturally responsive approaches that allow learners to reflect on their own learning as they work towards meeting learning outcomes that help them thrive in industry and community.
Finally, designing a well-balanced and dynamic assessment strategy helps to clarify purpose and expectations for each task (graded or ungraded), allowing for ongoing feedback and critical reflection for learners and teachers alike.