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Examples of Online Assessment

There are many online tools available that allow the lecturer and the student to check how learning is progressing. Below is a list of some that lecturers may consider using. Some will provide students with immediate feedback on how well they did, while some will require lecturers to mark and supply feedback. Others may not be assessed directly; however, students can use these to collect evidence to inform work that is being assessed. Some can also allow peer review and/or assessment to take place, either formatively or summatively.

  • Assignment submission – Moodle and other learning management systems have tools which allow students to upload assignments. These assignments are written offline and then students log into Moodle and upload their file. This is a mechanism to allow the electronic delivery of files to the lecturer.
  • Quiz – This assessment can consist of a variety of question types eg multiple choice; multiple answer; short answer. These will be automatically marked by the program and students may get immediate feedback. Quizzes are often used to enable students to check the progress of their learning.
  • Online Text – A short answer question – perhaps 1 or 2 paragraphs that students write and submit online which lecturers mark and provide feedback.
  • Reflective Journals – Online spaces where students can keep reflections about their learning, akin to a private diary. Lecturers may assess these directly or students may be asked to write a summary or report using the reflections as evidence or examples within the summary.
  • ePortfolio – A space where students can collect a range of files and reflections to support their learning. These can be assessed in different ways and lecturers will need to give students clear guidance, instructions and criteria. Often E-portfolio are assessed in similar ways to reflective journals.
  • Forum – Also known as discussion boards. These may or may not be assessed. Assessment may be on the quality of individual posts, students’ overall contribution or their engagement with the discussion taking place. Lecturers should provide clear instructions and guidance about their expectations.
  • Lesson – A lesson is a collection of materials that can often have some assessment built in. Typically students will work through some material or activity and then be tested on their understanding. The tests will normally consist of multiple choice questions or short answer questions.
  • Glossary – A glossary is a collection of words with associated definitions. Students will normally be asked to create definitions which may consist of text and/or web links and journal references.
  • Website – Students may be asked to develop some web pages as part of project-based work. They will normally be given access to the tools to do this. Assessment may be on the content that they create, on the design and students’ ability to convey their message or a combination of both. Lecturers should clarify their expectations and write clear task guidelines and well-developed marking criteria.


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