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To effectively measure student learning in an online course, assessments need to be varied, frequent, and of multiple types.
Assessments should be aligned to the outcomes of the learning material being assessed. Assessment activities need to be clearly defined and accompanied by examples of the expected quality of work. Visit the Course Mapping page for resources to help with alignment.
A combination of formative and summative assessment integrated into the course helps the instructor identify and address student misconceptions immediately, measure learner performance, and improve the course through student feedback.
In Blackboard you can create digital scoring tools you can use to evaluate graded work. When you allow students access to rubrics before they complete their work, you provide transparency into your grading methods and help students complete graded assignments according to your specifications. Most Blackboard tools allow you the ability to include a pre-formatted, customizable, and reusable rubric.
High stakes graded activities done at various milestones in the course (mid term, final, etc.).
Frequent and low stakes activities with instructor feedback that allow students to check their performance and identify areas for improvement.