Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities

As online education moves into the mainstream of the higher education ecosystem, one question still persists: “How do I know what my online students have learned?” There are no easy answers, just as there aren’t in face-to-face courses, but with a little creativity and flexibility, you soon discover that the online learning environment opens up a host of new educational assessment possibilities.

Of course, just as with traditional courses, the trick to online assessment is finding the right combination that works best for your particular course. This special report Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities will show you how.

Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities

This special report features 12 articles from Online Classroom that will cause you to examine your current methods of online assessment, and perhaps add something new to your assessment toolbox. It even talks about some of the common assessment mistakes you’ll want to avoid.

Take a look at some of the articles will find in Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities:

  • Authentic Experiences, Assessment Develop Online Students’ Marketable Skills
  • Four Typical Online Learning Assessment Mistakes
  • Assessing Whether Online Learners Can DO: Aligning Learning Objectives with Real-world Applications
  • Strategies for Creating Better Multiple-Choice Tests
  • Assessing Student Learning Online: It’s More Than Multiple Choice
  • Using Self-Check Exercises to Assess Online Learning
  • Measuring the Effectiveness of an Online Learning Community
  • Ongoing Student Evaluation Essential to Course Improvement

Distance Education Assessment: Methods for Measuring Online Learning

In addition to illustrating how well students meet the expected learning outcomes, well-planned assessment can provide valuable insights for course and program improvement, and can serve as a bargaining tool for resource allocation and compensation negotiation.

Online courses enable a strong student-centered approach to learning and, as a result, assessment. We hope this report helps you design and develop online assessment strategies that take full advantage of the many formal and informal assessment tools now at your fingertips.

Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities features a variety of assessment methods, some that have been adapted from proven on-campus practices and some that are have been created specifically for the online classroom.

Faculty Focus contains a wealth of valuable material – not just about assessment in distance education, but all of today’s hot button issues that are important to faculty and administrators. It’s packed with tips, best practices and other actionable information you can use on the topics that impact your students, your school and your work, including:

  • Instructional Design
  • Faculty Development
  • Distance Learning
  • Classroom Management
  • Educational Assessment
  • Faculty Evaluation
  • Learning Styles
  • Curriculum Development
  • Community College Issues
  • Trends in Higher Education
  • Learning Communities
  • And much, much more.

If you want insight into how to assess online learning at the course, program, and institutional levels, you’ll want to download Assessing Online Learning: Strategies, Challenges and Opportunities a new special report that will help you create more effective online assessment exercises and strategies. This report was published in May 2009.