Boettcher, J. (2011) Evidence of Learning Online: Assessment Beyond The Paper, Campus Technology, February 23
Online learning offers the opportunity for innovative, more authentic forms of student assessment than the traditional written, paper examination. Judith Boettcher is a very experienced learning designer, and in this excellent article she provides numerous examples of how the online environment and web 2.0 tools can be used to provide engaging, authentic assignments that assess students writing and communications skills. The article includes an interesting application of the concept of ‘cognitive surplus’.
The more teaching moves to the development of skills and competencies, the more online learning provides possibilities for innovative and effective assessment strategies. This has major implications for course design. It suggests that online technologies allow for different learning outcomes and objectives, rather than merely mirroring the learning objectives set for classroom teaching. Indeed, thinking of how best to assess ’21st century skills’ should be an integral part of decision-making around course content, forms of delivery, and choice of technology.