Friday 25th March, 2011
9:00am to 9:50am
Traditional online assessment typically provides students with measures that include answer selection, information recall, and the completion of teacher generated or standardized tests. While these types of assessment have a role in learning, authentic assessment enables online students to actualize and apply acquired knowledge and skills to real-life scenarios. This session will provide a comparative overview of traditional and authentic assessment. The session will then share innovative strategies for transforming ordinary individual and group assignments into dynamic engaging assignments including sociodramas, psychodramas, reflection, role-play, and gaming to meet course objectives and learning outcomes. Demonstrations will showcase how faculty can integrate authentic assessment into a Learning Management System to complement, augment, and transform current traditional assignments in online and blended courses. The session will conclude with a discussion about how authentic assessment and innovative technologies and software can be integrated into online and blended programs through backwards design and scaffolding to increase knowledge and skill acquisition/application as well as student engagement and retention.
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