Assessing Student Learning

To learn more about Canvas and getting started with a course space, begin with the Canvas Learning Path.

You may find that in this situation an online exam is not the best option for your class. Other options include:

  • Interview and performance assessment
    • Schedule short meetings with each student via Zoom
      Depending on the discipline ask students to perform a complex skill or procedure, answer assessment questions, or create a product to demonstrate that they can apply the knowledge and skills they have learned while the instructor or TA observes and evaluates the process. These could be a combination of written and oral.
  • Student portfolios
    Ask students to prepare a collection of class assignments. These are most often collections of written work, but could also include computer programs, drawings, video tapes, or problem solving. Because portfolios contain a collection of student work, they often provide a more accurate picture of a student’s achievement than a single test or project could.
  • Evidence gathered in the online course space
    Base assessment on the quality of the student’s interaction in the course space; the  quality of their Thinking and Engagement using rubrics for critical thinking and engagement, for example. The nice thing about an online environment is that their interactions can be captured in threaded discussions and other collaborative environments.

For more ideas read through this previous teaching tip about authentic learning experiences and assessments.

  • Use Canvas Quizzes
  • Quizzes can be built into Panopto. How to add a quiz to a videoNote:  You will need to create a user name and password on the Panopto help site.
  • Improve academic integrity for online exams
    • Promote academic integrity throughout the course space and semester
      • Employ an Academic Honesty Statement in every assessment
      • Define cheating
      • Demonstrate cheating is unacceptable
      • Don’t reuse tests across semesters, when possible
    • Building your exam
      • Be explicit in what can and cannot be used during each assessment
      • Provide detailed grading criteria
        • Consider using a rubric
      • Limit test availability
        • Date Range
        • Time limit
      • Create different versions of the assessment by using question groups/pools
      • Use higher application level questions
        • Use real world context when possible
      • Emphasize grading on work shown instead of answer, where feasible
      • Have students record their thought process as evidence that they did the work themselves (can be used for all question types)

The ProctorU contract is only for Global Campus courses. For proctoring assistance with non-Global Campus courses, please contact your chair, director, Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, or dean.

Assignment drop boxes offer a multitude of ways for students to submit work and instructors to provide timely and meaningful feedback.

Groups can be easily set up in Canvas and students can use the Canvas communication tools to document their work and collaborate.