Assessing Learning Online: Grading, Evaluation, and Feedback (ONLINE COURSE)

This course can count toward the Certificate of Proficiency in Teaching for eLearning. To learn more, click HERE.

Research suggests that frequent feedback on learning progress is key to student success in online learning. However, assessing student learning remotely can also be challenging, whether you are looking to give weekly graded feedback or are grappling with how best to ensure academic integrity for a final exam. In this fully online course, participants will learn by doing through ongoing participation in weekly learning activities. Together we will test out strategies for maximizing feedback to students while keeping the workload manageable, explore principles and tools to streamline grading, apply best practices for designing online assessments, and troubleshoot common challenges.

Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this course, participants will be able to effectively assess learning online in a variety of pedagogically informed ways by:

  1. Effectively selecting and integrating Moodle assessment tools to ensure regular updates on student learning and to balance instructor workload
  2. Creating opportunities both for providing students with effective feedback and for receiving feedback that will help enhance online teaching and learning
  3. Selecting, designing, and using rubrics effectively and appropriately for the online context
  4. Recognizing when and why to make use of self and/or peer assessment

This course is open to all course directors at York and no previous experience with online assessment is required. Participants can expect to spend a total of ~4-8 hours engaging with course content and activities. The course is designed asynchronously, meaning that while there are weekly deadlines, participants can complete each week’s tasks at any time that is convenient to them. This course is actively facilitated by a Teaching Commons instructor, and participants will be able to ask questions and access further support and resources by email or through the course Moodle at any point.

Upcoming course dates:

TBD

Note: You can add yourself to a wait-list for this course HERE. You will receive notice when new course dates are announced.