The Center for Teaching & Learning has resources that support OHIO faculty, including a robust, interactive micro-site to use during syllabus development, as well as useful Ohio University handbooks and more.
There are a number of factors that should be taken into consideration when designing and implementing an online course. Review some best practices shared by experts in the field of online education.
As you consider how best to assess your students in the online environment, you may find that your traditional assessments work very well. But there may be other approaches that you might find helpful. For ideas and suggestions, please see the guide to online assessment from Penn State’s Schreyer Institute for Teaching and Learning.
Designing Authentic Assessments
"Authentic Assessment is a form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills." —Jon Mueller
- are realistic
- require judgement and innovation
- simulate contexts in which students are "tested" in the workplace
- assess the student's ability to efficiently use a variety of knowledge and skills to complete a complex task
- allow for opportunities to practice and get feedback
These types of assessments are more valid than conventional tests in terms of application and deep understanding of content. While conventional tests (such as multiple-choice tests) have a valid place in education, by their nature, authentic assignments are more interesting to students, which can also increase motivation. However, authentic assessments might require more time and effort from you as an instructor to develop. Grading rubrics are often a helpful tool when planning, conducting, and assessing authentic assignments. Overall, authentic assessments are a solid strategy if you are aiming to increase student engagement and the active application of knowledge and skills learned throughout your course.
More information and guidelines on the "what-why and how-to" of Authentic Assessment: Authentic Assessment Toolbox
General information and guidelines on how to assess online learning: Challenges and Opportunities (PDF)