We define 'online assessment' as approaches that are enabled by a variety of digital technologies to include online exams, online assignments and activities, online submissions and technology-enabled feedback. It may be appropriate to consider these in the context of your blended and online module to provide some, or all, of the following benefits (JISC 2010 & Y1Feedback 2016):
- Greater variety and authenticity in the design of assessments
- Choice in the timing and location of assessments; A Practitioner's Guide to Choice of Assessment Methods within a Module
- Capture of wider skills and attributes not easily assessed by other means, for example through simulations, e-portfolios and interactive games
- Efficient submission, marking, moderation and data storage processes
- Consistent, accurate results with opportunities to combine human and computer marking
(Adapted from JISC 2010 & Y1Feedback 2016)
The online environment allows opportunities for both:
- Summative assessment (assessment of learning primarily for grading purposes);
- Formative assessment (assessment for learning opportunities as ungraded or low-weighted assessments for feedback purposes).
For more information, see our page on ‘Why do I assess students’.
Technology-based provision of feedback can support a number of key affordances (JISC 2010 & Y1Feedback 2016) which include:
- Improved learner understanding and engagement;
- Immediate feedback and the provision of a greater volume of timely feedback;
- Innovative approaches based around the use of creative media and online peer and self-assessment;
- Greater flexibility and accessibility of feedback;
- The provision of opportunities for dialogic feedback;
- A greater variety of feedback approaches and formats.
Good feedback should include staff giving feedback, but more importantly it should allow student opportunities to self-monitor. Our resource on Six Approaches to Technology Enhanced Feedback highlights feedback strategies on students’ assessment, many of which will be applicable in blended and online learning contexts. This resource overviews the types of technologies and corresponding tools which can support the various feedback strategies, with reference to functionalities in Brightspace.
In Brightspace there are multiple assessment and feedback functionalities allowing you to set up various assessment types and enabling online assignment setup and submission with plagiarism/originality checking software as is appropriate. It is recommended that the module coordinator should decide on the assessment and feedback strategies at module design stage and then develop and implement them utilising Brightspace functionalities as per the module requirements.