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Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper

By Judith V. Boettcher

In designing courses for online environments we have been somewhat successful at scuttling closed-book exams for assessing student learning–largely due to the challenges of monitoring exams. However, we still appear to be stuck in another very entrenched mode of assessing student learning: research papers and project reports.

Why is the traditional paper so prevalent in assessment, and how can we move beyond it to alternative evidence of student learning? And how can we leverage technology and new media in our assessment strategies?

Students often dread writing papers and respond enthusiastically to alternatives that demonstrate what they know and understand. Faculty, too, often secretly–or not so secretly–cringe at the thought of reading endless numbers of papers. Faculty are searching for less burdensome assessment modalities, while striving to be effective and fair at determining what in the mountain of student papers possibly demonstrates real understanding and learning growth.

Continued at:  http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/02/23/assessment-beyond-the-paper.asp

  1. yian
    March 3, 2011 at 6:47 am

    Recently, we have moved from paper based to computer based assessment model. Students are required to first attempt the question and write their answers on paper. Subsequently, they are to enter the respective answers into the computer via a Multiple Choice Question format. This form of assessment has applied in Mathematics in our institution.

  1. March 31, 2011 at 11:24 am

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