Discussion on innovative ways of online assessing

There’s a lively discussion (beginning here) going on on the VLEs JISCMail discussion list around ‘innovative ways of online assessing’. ¬†Although in some cases ‘innovative’ seems to be equated with ‘electronic’, there are some interesting activities and comments emerging:

  • MS Word documents uploaded and marked by comments; Google Docs may provide greater preservation of comments.
  • Ongoing submission process over the academic year managed by Moodle’s iterative assessment feature.
  • ePortfolios – although Emma Duke-Williams observes that ‘mostly… they’re used as summative – and staff, rather than student, controlled repositories.’
  • Awarding marks for posting in discussions on the VLE.
  • Wiki contributions.
  • Audio feedback.
  • Video feedback.
  • Peer assessment.
  • Self-assessment.
  • Need to think beyond just summative assessment to consider formative and diagnostic assessment.
  • Ways of seeing whether learners are engaging with feedback provided and acting on it.
  • Knowing one’s students.

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