Assessing Student Learning in Online Courses

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment Tips for Assessment During a Pandemic (Read the full report here)
  1.  Do not forget that we are in a pandemic. Still. Do not forget that it is also an inequitable pandemic. 
  2. Do not cause further harm. Do not support, enable, or endorse policies that perpetuate further inequities or fuel negative perceptions of students. 
  3. Do not ask students for their approval of a decision that has already been made. Instead, engage with them in advance to help determine a solution. 
  4. Do not require a higher-level of proof of learning in an online class than you would normally require in a face-to-face setting. 
  5. Do not forget that this is not the educational experience students wanted or expected. Nor is this a test of online education. And in case you were wondering, it still will not be “online education” in the Fall. It will continue to be a derivative of emergency remote teaching and learning. 
  6. Do use learning outcomes as a guide and means to design and focus educational offerings. 
  7. Do listen to student voices AND respond accordingly. 
  8. Do modify assignments and assessments in ways that are flexible, utilize low-bandwidth, and are based in the principles of equitable assessment. 
  9. Do be aware of and address systemic inequities. 
  10. Do engage in trauma-informed and healing-centered pedagogy and assessment.   

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Check out resources for online teaching and assessment at the NC System Digital Course Enhancement Project - Includes complete resources for teaching Biology I, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry I, Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Calculus I, Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, and Financial Accounting

End of Semester Assessments Alternatives for Spring & Summer 2020

Remote exams and Assessments (Rutgers University) - discussion of proctored exams and alternatives to using them including specifics for quantitative courses

Open-book exams (University of New Castle Australia) - discussion on designing an assessment that allows students to refer to approved course materials during an exam

Open-book exams (Ryerson University) - best practices in using open-book exams

Exam Options (UC Davis) - provides online alternative assessment

Final Exam Resources, Tools, and FAQs (UNC Chapel Hill) - best practices and frequently asked questions on a remote approach for final exams during COVID-19.

Adapting labs and studios for remote learning (Wake Forest University) - a process for identifying the most essential learning for design, technique, and interpretation purposes

Achieving the essentials for assessing student learning (UNC Charlotte) - Assessment experts will provide instructional faculty with a framework for identifying and achieving their essential goals for student learning; specific, feasible examples of ways students can demonstrate what they’ve learned; and considerations for assessing learning in the current time. 

End-of-semester Alternate Assessments and Projects (UNC Charlotte) - a 28-minute video by the Office of Assessment and the Center for Teaching and Learning

Ways to insure assignments are inclusive during remote emergency instruction (Brown University) – suggestions for faculty across all disciplines

Remote teaching quick guide (University of Cape Town) – converting face-to-face courses to online format

Assessment resources for course under development

Effective Assessment Practices for Online Learning (UNC Charlotte) - YouTube video that provides research-based assessment tips and techniques used in assessing student learning

Using Self-Reflective Assessments in Online Classes (UNC Charlotte) - YouTube video that provides sample assignments and rubrics that can be used to encourage students to reflect on their own learning

Keep Teaching (Indiana University) – suggestions for teaching courses online during extended times of disruption

Online Assessment (Rochester Institute of Technology) - discussion of using asynchronous discussion boards, quizzes, writing assignments, individual and group activities

Assessing Student Learning in Online Classes Chapter 4 (University of Massachusetts) – discussion of assessment in online courses

Grading and Performance Rubrics (Carnegie Mellon University) - examples of rubrics for various assignment types 

Discussion rubrics (University of Central Florida) – examples of rubrics with expectations of quality comments to students’ posts

Debate assignment (University of Central Florida) - assessment tool for online debates

Team-based evaluations (University of Central Florida) - assessment tools that evaluate both individual and group effort

Collaborative projects (Florida International University) - methods of engaging students in collaboration

Assessments for Science Labs (Duke University) - discusses how to match laboratory teaching goals with learning activities and assessments

Assessing Student Learning in the Online Modality (NILOA) – discussion of online learning including sections on assessment and feedback and example courses

Learner Assessment in Online Courses – discusses aligning learning outcomes and assessment activities

Actively Engaging Students in Asynchronous Online Classes (IDEA) - provides a three-pronged approach for envisioning active learning online

The Online Educator’s Complete Guide to Grading Assignments, Part 1 and The Online Educator’s Complete Guide to Grading Assignments, Part 2: Errol Craig Sull with Faculty Focus – thoughts from a faculty member with 17 years of online teaching experience

Resources by Academic Areas

Education – Early Childhood, Health and Physical Education, Middle and Secondary Education

Early Childhood Online Resources - google sheet with multiple resources

National Council of Teachers of English Resources for Virtual Instruction and Online Learning – resources for future K-12 teachers

Shape America COVID-19 Resources - resources for future K-12 teachers

Physical Education Central Videos - resources for future K-12 teachers

National Science Teaching Association: Online Teaching Resources – resources for future K-12 teachers

 

Fine Arts – Art/Art History, Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual/Studio Arts

  • Museum – virtual tours and art collections

12 Famous Museums Offer Virtual Tours - links to virtual tours of British Museum (London), Guggenheim (New York), National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), Musee d’Orsay (Paris), National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (Seoul), Pergamon (Berlin), Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam), Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam), The J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angles), Uffizi Gallery (Florence), MASP (Sao Paulo), National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico City), Louvre (Paris)

19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch - PBS link to museums across the world

Smart History - collection of art grouped by region and time period

Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections - links to museums all over the world

  • Performances – live and recorded

15 Broadway Plays and Musicals You Can Watch On Stage From Home - links to videos

Digital Theatre+: Access Resources for Remote Learning - free membership provides access to teaching resources and productions from across the world

Metropolitan Opera to Offer Up “Nightly Met Opera Streams” - live and recorded opera performances

Social Distancing Festival - features visual art, dance, musical, and theatre/theatre musical/opera exhibits

  • Tools – software, simulations, and general information

Resources for Moving Dance-Based Pedagogy Online - general pedagogy information, technical tools, and performance/dance specific resources

Noteflight.com (free online music notation tool) 

Trainer.ThetaMusic.com (online music theory computer games)

RapAnalysis.com (rap music analysis)

Top40Theory.com (pop music analysis)

MusicTheoryBridges.wordpress.com (analyses of popular music)

Artusi (making their music theory software available for free for this semester to any institution required to move to all online instruction because of Covid-19)

  So You Need To Teach Online: Music History and Music Theory Edition - faculty insights from George Mason University

  Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak - google document created by Loyola Marymount University faculty member

  Scene Study Emergency Pack - collection of short plays written or adapted to be used for scene study in a remote learning environment

  Resources for Online Instruction of Visual/Studio Arts - crowdsourced google page with numerous resources

Health and Human Services –Social Work, Public Health, Kinesiology

  • Tools – software, lab simulations,

HHMI BioInteractive - activities, interactive media, and videos on science practices, anatomy and physiology, evolution, genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, microbiology, cell biology, ecology, environmental science, and earth science

Journal of Visualized Experiments (offers thousands of videos of experiments)

Zygote Body 3D Anatomy Online Visualizer - allows students to move through layers of human body

Crash Course Anatomy and Physiology - short videos on introductory college-level anatomy and physiology topics

COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers and Therapists - roundup of over 60 free resources that may be of help to you as a social worker, mental health professional and/or social work educator

Humanities – Creative Writing, English, History, Spanish

  • Tools

Digital Storytelling Tools - links to tools to publish stories online

Digital Repositories for Book History Teaching, Research, & More - listing of website for accessing books, handwritten notes and various written documents

  • Crowdsourced Pages

Modern Language Association: Bringing Your Course Online

Articles/Podcasts (Dr. Kate Jewell) - podcasts organized by chapters in American Yawp (16-30)

How Can Educators Use Podcasts in Teaching? (Footnoting History) - discussion on the use of podcasts in teaching

Remote Learning in History Spring 2020 - google page with resources from St. Lawrence University faculty member

US History COVID-19 Response Online Pedagogy Ideas Shared - Spotify playlist of historical analysis and framing historical questions

Free History Comics - list of websites to access comics

The Show Must Go On: American Culture in Times of Crisis - lessons by college professors on various historical topics

American Historical Association Perspectives on History: Transitioning to Online Teaching - A How-To Guide - tips for moving online and lessons for US History to 1865 and after 1865

Teaching United States History: Teaching Online - resources specific to US History

Teaching History and Archaeology Online: The Response to a Global Pandemic - links to digital databases, resources, and links to online articles, books, and helpful websites that can be integrated into courses, and students can access themselves from home

Online Teaching: Online Content Using Open-Access Resources - resources for art history curated by faculty member

Humanities Coronavirus Syllabus - collection of books by discipline and examples of syllabi modifications and assignments

Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities - website with faculty show how to teach using digital pedagogy

¡HABLAMOS! Conversations on Teaching, Learning and Bilingualism (University of Nebraska - Lincoln) - podcasts by faculty

 

Social Sciences – Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

  • Crowdsourced pages

Teaching COVID-19: An Anthropology Syllabus Project - This developing document is designed to collect and share resources for anthropologists and other social scientists teaching about COVID-19

Introducing the Collective Anthro Mini Lectures Project for #COVIDcampus - platform for anthropologists (and those anthropology adjacent) to create and share 10-30 minute videos and accompanying texts and pedagogical resources

Sociology in Strange Times: Short bits to help us understand social behavior during a global pandemic - page containing short lectures on introductory sociology concepts as they may connect to the 2020 global COVID-19 pandemic

“Politics of Plague” Course Materials - webpage of Worcester Polytechnic Institute faculty member

Civic Action Projects for Your 100% Online (COVID-19 ADAPTED) Courses - curated by professor at University of Indiana South Bend

Society for the Teaching of Psychology - resources including syllabi, free e-book, teaching resources

  • Tools – laboratory simulations

APA Online Psychology Laboratory - requires login for both faculty and students

STEM – Biology, Chemistry, Ecology/Environmental Science, Geology/Geosciences, Math, Physics

  • Tools – software, laboratory simulations

Online science simulations and lab resources divided by discipline and course type - google sheet with 180+ links to websites itemized by discipline

A set of lab simulations from Harvard’s LabXchange - searchable topic areas include biological sciences, chemistry, global health, health sciences, and science & society

A collection of virtual labs from MERLOT - large collection searchable by discipline

A collection of online STEM simulations from PHET (University of Colorado Boulder) - biology, chemistry, earth science, math, and physics

Teacher’s Talk...PhET (University of Windsor) - discussion of how to use PhET

Digital Options for Teaching Tiny Earth Labs and Activities - google document with links to virtual labs

How to Quickly (and Safely) Move a Lab Course Online - Colorado State Faculty member discussion of online labs

  Journal of Visualized Experiments (offers thousands of videos of experiments)

  HHMI BioInteractive - activities, interactive media, and videos on science practices, anatomy and physiology, evolution, genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology,    microbiology, cell biology, ecology, environmental science, and earth science

Crash Course Anatomy and Physiology - short videos on introductory college-level anatomy and physiology topics

Zygote Body 3D Anatomy Online Visualizer - allows students to move through layers of human body

ChemCollective - online chem lab simulations for topics including Stoichiometry, Thermochemistry, Equilibrium, Acid-Base Chemistry, Solubility, Oxidation/Reduction and Electrochemistry, Analytical Chemistry/Lab Techniques

Online Resources for Organic Chemistry - organic chemistry only

Ecology and Environmental Science Materials for Teaching Online - google sheet with numerous resources including lectures, online field techniques, online labs, etc.

Teaching Geosciences Online (Carleton College) - teaching activities for geosciences

Geoscience Online Teaching Resources - google sheet with numerous resources including lectures, online field techniques, online labs, etc.

Physics in Motion - resources for introductory physics course

UCLA ePhysics - contains tables and interactive animations on physics