Module 4 – Supporting Authentic And Alternative Assessment

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Supporting Student Success

At the beginning of this course, we described assessment and feedback as an integral part of the learning experience designed to promote student success. We have explored how to develop relevant, meaningful authentic and alternative assessments aligned with both discipline-specific and transferable learning outcomes. However, good assessment design and practice must also consider the needs of all learners, remove barriers, incorporate fair and consistent evaluation, and leverage constructive, timely feedback. Student-centric, success-oriented assessment and feedback design allows our learners to demonstrate what they know and can do more accurately, while minimizing the impact of factors unrelated to their understanding. This final module offers guidance and strategies for supporting authentic and alternative assessment through a lens of equity, fairness, and student success.

Learning Objectives

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  1. Apply principles of Equity, Diversity, Decolonization, Inclusion (EDDI) and accessibility to the development of assessment strategies.
  2. Develop supports, such as rubrics, exemplars, and checklists, to facilitate objective grading.
  3. Deliver detailed and meaningful feedback, using multiple modalities, that can be actioned to result in deeper understanding and improve durable and transferable learning.
  4. Present solutions to assessment challenges related to global student access.


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