Ideas for Assessments
There are many assessment ideas described in the foundational texts listed in the Overview section of this resource. This list highlights many of these ideas.
- Case Study. Click to read about use in STEM courses and approaches from the Harvard Business School.
- Concept Maps. Visual displays to link and discuss key concepts.
- Direct Observation. Do these via student videos or in the online classroom.
- ePortfolios. Contact the University Teaching & Learning Center for technology options at GW.
- Infographics. Another way to have students configure information visually.
- Reflective writing and journaling. Students reflect upon their personal learning journey through the course of a class or even an entire degree program.
- Labs. Increasingly, virtual labs are available online. Also, companies now prepare and deliver experimental packets so students can conduct chemistry, biology, and physics activities at home.
- Literature Reviews.
- Local History Project. Connect distance education students to their own communities and familiarize them with using primary sources with a project that connects students to local history.
- Multimedia Projects. Students practice using multimedia tools (an authentic performance assessment in itself) and build a significant project rather than a collection of course-specific documents that have limited appeal beyond the grading process.
- Objective-structured Clinical Examination.
- Policy Brief. Non-profits, non-governmental organizations, diplomats, lobbyists, and governmental aides are all required to research and write policy briefs on specific issues of timely concern for their organizations. These briefs are a good way to combine research and writing in an authentic assignment.
- Tests. Question Types in Blackboard describes interesting ways to pose test questions in Blackboard. Ungraded tests and surveys (which are anonymous in Blackboard) can be used for formative assessment.