Both assignments and assessments offer a means of monitoring student learning and providing ongoing feedback that students and instructors can use to improve learning and teaching, respectively. Moodle can help you distribute, collect and grade student assignments. Within the platform, students can submit documents, presentation slides, images, videos and text assignments. In Moodle, instructors can enter grades and feedback for automatic distribution to students.

Whether formative or summative, assessments are an important component of the learning process for students and faculty. Low- and high-stakes assessments not only demonstrate student performance in your course, but they also measure whether or not course learning objectives are met. Assessments impact many aspects of education, from student grades to curriculum and beyond.

Considerations

Think strategically and creatively about how to assess student learning online. As with any assignment, the most effective online activities are closely aligned with your intended learning goals and help students develop the skills to succeed. Additionally, as much transparency as possible about what you are assessing, why you are assessing it and how you will assess may help to ease students’ concerns and reiterate expectations.

  • A pedagogical approach that balances rigor and compassion
    Designing online assessments during a period of uncertainty can be especially challenging. Consider strategies from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL) to help you develop a sound plan for measuring student learning in your course.
  • Adapt assignments and assessments for remote learning
    You will likely need to adapt planned assignments and assessments for online instruction in a way that still allows you to meet learning objectives. Doing so may also warrant the inclusion of additional materials to support your new course plan. Clearly communicate all updates to your students, including an explanation of how they will submit materials to you. Modifications to planned quizzes, tests, presentations or exams may also result in revisions to assessment criteria. If necessary, consider whether or not students can demonstrate their learning in different ways, such as projects or portfolios.

    • For classes with a significant writing load, including weekly responses, multiple papers or other assignments, students could have the opportunity to revise a certain number of assignments and compile them into a final portfolio. Consider asking students to include a brief introductory statement about the full body of work or detail specific elements of their growth in the class as highlighted in the portfolio. Ideally, portfolios also are annotated with students’ explanations of their writing and revision process for each piece.
    • For planned, in-class student presentations, you could ask students to record their presentation using simple technology on a cell phone or computer and upload it to Moodle for you and/or the entire class to view. If oral communication is not a core learning objective, a low-tech option might be to ask students to submit a written script of their presentation to assess content knowledge and other skills like persuasive thinking.
  • Engage students virtually
    Online discussions, small group projects and reflection-oriented activities can be adapted for remote learning. Brainstorm ways that you can use these assignments to engage students online and still meet your learning objectives for the course.
  • Be mindful of access and accessibility
    It is important to ensure all students, including those with limited technology and internet options, can access and complete course materials. If necessary, consider accommodations you can offer to students in need. Review additional considerations under Access & Accessibility.
  • Reiterate Honor Code expectations
    Even in remote learning situations, students are expected to uphold the values outlined in the Elon Honor Code. Remind students of their pledge and review expectations for your course.

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