6 August 2014: Designing e-Assessment Activities for Online Courses

Presenter: Mary Jacob, Aberystwyth University, UK

Hosted by Dr Mathew Hillier, University of Queensland, Australia starting 07:00AM UST/GMT. Duration 1 Hour.

This session examined both good and improvable practice across the types of assessment currently used in MOOCs. The term MOOC (massive open online course) was first used in 2008, and their prevalence has grown exponentially since 2012 with the advent of Coursera, Udacity, and EdX. MOOCs have offered new opportunities as well as challenges for rethinking our approaches to effective online assessment. But not all MOOCs are created equal. What factors can make the assessment in an online course succeed or fail? Principles of effective design can be extended beyond MOOCs to any learning environment, both online and face-to-face. The typical pattern of assessed work includes a combination of short quizzes that are graded mechanically and posting of short pieces of writing for feedback by other students, identified as 'peer assessment'. This session looks at both aspects:

a) ways to design effective questions with automated feedback for quizzes, and

b) successful approaches to peer assessment, including use of marking rubrics.

In this interactive session, participants had the opportunity to analyse and improve examples provided by the presenter as well offer examples from their own experience.

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