Use varied assessments to support multiple means of student expression
- Online courses offer space to extend learning beyond a specific classroom, day, or time. Develop assessments drawing links to students’ experiences and use your technology platforms for different submission options.
- Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning offers several ideas for online assessment options.
- Keep UDL Principles in mind for more accessible assessments! UDL and Assessment (UDL on Campus) offers guiding questions as you design your course assessments and examples of how to expand student expression.
Be transparent about your course assessments
- Students are resistant to busywork–and rightly so! Sharing why students are undertaking an assignment, the detailed steps to complete the task, and expectations for performance helps situate an assessment’s relevance in your course. Use the TILT framework (Winklemas, 2013) to craft transparent assessment guidelines and communication.
Use rubrics to communicate expectations attached to evaluated assignments
- Canvas has an embedded rubric feature that allows instructors to outline assignment expectations. Watch this Canvas Guide Rubrics Overview for a quick tour of how to create and use rubrics.
- The Canvas rubric feature does not have to be attached to a grade or specific points, so it can be used easily in courses with specifications or mastery grading. This Canvas Guide will show you how to use non-scoring rubrics to assess assignments in SpeedGrader.
- The free-form comments feature of the Canvas rubric can be used to provide qualitative and more individualized feedback instead of scores or descriptors alone. Be sure to check out how you can save comments to create a comment bank.
Use low-stakes quizzes for recall and memory
- A weekly, low-stakes quiz on basic concepts and vocabulary can help students gauge their initial understanding of course content. As the course progresses, questions may cover weekly and past content.
- Allow multiple attempts, especially if you develop a bank of questions that can be randomly assigned. These quizzes should be a low percentage of the course grade.
- In Canvas, the Practice Quiz format gives a ‘quiz’ without it counting towards the course grade. These Canvas Guides can get you started: