A guide to delivering optimal online assessment (UK Study)

A guide to delivering optimal online assessment (UK Study)


With the rapid growth of online teaching through 2020, what constituted ‘good’ assessment became part of even more conversations – in particular, how to deliver online assessment for maximum impact and success. With that in mind, our new publication curates five years worth of HE studies to create a collection of 10 top tips or areas of best practice when delivering formative and summative assessments online using our resources. For each one, there are examples and advocates of the approach from different universities – 13 in total.

The top 10 areas of best practice are:
1. Credit. Assigning for credit motivates student engagement.
2. Integration. Structured and close integration into your course promotes engagement.
3. Good learning design. Ensure learning is scaffolded throughout to support knowledge acquisition.
4. Assessment type. Formative and summative assessment both have a role.
5. Class size. Making the best use of automatic marking for managing large courses.
6. Cheating. Avoiding collusion when delivering high stakes online assessment.
7. Communication. Clearly and regularly communicating expectations to your students.
8. Data. Planning how you will use the gradebook data and feedback helps you make the most of this.
9. Authentic assessment. Making it more than just testing can help students to develop key skills.
10. Value. Demonstrating the value of online assessment in your business case for funding.

To access the full publication, click download on the link below.

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