How Do I Assess Students Online?

This article provides tips and resources for assessing students the online learning space, as well as academic integrity strategies.

Start Here: How to Assess Online Learning

Begin with How to Assess Online Learning for ideas about alternatives to tests to find:

  • A review of four assessment options

  • Examples of assessments for a variety of formats, including video recordings, portfolios and The UnEssay

Revisit Transparent Assignments

Review How to Create Transparent Assignments to create purpose and transparency in assignments.

Consider your Academic Integrity Strategy

For an in-depth article, see Academic Integrity Strategy. Also review the following:

Instead of this

Do this

Mid-term exam

Short quizzes with each module drawing random questions from large test pools

Final exam

Final project demonstrating course learning objectives

Proctored test

Open-book test with random questions to be completed in 45 minutes

End-of-course research paper

Research paper completed in stages with assignments relating to topic selection, library research and citation skills, annotated bibliography, draft of sections with peer evaluation, video presentation highlighting results and lessons learned, final submission

Additional Resources

Alternatives to Tests

Test and Quiz Tools

  • Adobe Scan mobile app is free and on Android and iOS; this was mentioned as a tool to get a PDF of worksheets used during an exam to demonstrate work.

  • FasterScan is an iPhone/iPad app that is a faster way to scan documents (even if they are curled), with your iPhone. It produces a sharp image using image enhancement technology. You instantly scan multi-pages document and send out when there is no scanner nearby. 

  • Adding a Quiz to a Video: This article guides you through the steps of adding a quiz in your own video session. 


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