While there are no universal rules for the use of online assessments in blended courses, it is important to consider how those assessments can complement activities in the classroom and improve specific learning skills. To that end, there are two key suggestions to keep in mind:
- Use assessments in a formative rather than a summative manner, whenever possible. Using assessments to simply measure what students remember, and to assign them grades, does not help them apply or deepen their understanding of the material. In fact, it may encourage students to only focus on “what is on the test.” However, using not-for-credit, multiple choice questions to help students review what they have learned, and to give them instant feedback, is quite beneficial.
- Assessments are more than just knowledge checks. They should be designed in a way that encourages students to apply what they have learned to other situations, engage in deeper analytical thinking, and extend their knowledge beyond the course content.
By following these key suggestions, you are sure to optimize the way you assess your students online.