Creating Effective Assessments Self-Paced Workshop

Track : Online Learners

Levels : Beginner,Intermediate

Workshop Description:

An important component of successful online teaching is developing effective assessment strategies and integrating multiple forms of assessment in order to provide students with diverse opportunities to evaluate their performance. In this workshop, you will discover a multitude of formative and summative assessment techniques used in online education, including both traditional and alternative assessments, and how to find an appropriate balance between the two. You’ll dig deeper into the flaws commonly present in multiple choice questions that can affect student performance and learn best practices for developing higher quality questions. You will also have the opportunity to explore popular assessment tools and feedback criteria that can be incorporated within the online environment. Throughout the workshop, you will work on developing assessment strategies suitable for your online course and create a plan to help align course learning objectives, instructional activities, and assessments.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify formative and summative assessment strategies used in online education

  • Apply best practices for writing effective multiple choice question stems and alternatives

  • Explain the difference between criterion-referenced and norm-referenced assessments

  • Describe the benefits of using assessment rubrics to aid in providing quality feedback to students

  • Create an action plan to align your assessments with the learning objectives and activities in your online course


This online workshop is entirely self-paced and is not instructor-facilitated. The estimated time for completion is 6-8 hours, but you will likely find yourself spending more time as you investigate some of the additional resources that are provided. You will have 365-day access which will begin on the first day you enroll. This workshop has been divided into five modules which consist of brief narrated presentations, additional resources to explore, and module assessments.

  • Module 1 – Aligning Your Assessments

  • Module 2 – Assessment Strategies

  • Module 3 – Writing Quality Multiple Choice Questions

  • Module 4 – Evaluation and Feedback Criteria

  • Module 5 – Assessment Tools

Who Should Attend?

  • Faculty who teach online and blended courses

  • Instructional designers

  • Faculty developers

What are the key takeaways from this workshop?


  • Examples of formative and summative assessment activities

  • Practical strategies for implementing traditional and alternative assessments

  • A list of potential assessment tools to use in the online environment

  • An individualized assessment strategy plan for your course

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Refund Policy
If you register and pay for a OLC workshop and are unable to enroll (due to personal schedule conflicts, illness, etc), we will be happy to apply your payment to another OLC workshop in the same calendar year upon your written request to No refunds will be given.