Training Educators to Design and Develop ODL Materials/Types of Assessment in ODL/Content3
|Work in progress, expect frequent changes. Help and feedback is welcome. See discussion page.|
PLANNING AND WRITING ASSESSMENT IN ODL
Assessment of student learning outcomes is primarily a programme level responsibility. This is frequently embodied in observation, measurement and analysis of student achievement of demonstrable learning outcomes as stated in intended course goals, objectives, or competencies.
An assessment plan must adapted or developed in order to achieve effectiveness, continuity and sustainability of the assessment process. Course outcome assessment activities need to integrated components of any assessment plan.
It is worth noting that assessment in ODL adheres to the same guiding principles as face to face assessment. Therefore the following should be considered in planning and writing assessment for ODL.
- Is there a commonly accepted policy on the method of ODL course assessment?
- Is there a commonly accepted marking scheme?
- What are the individual parts of assessment in each course?
- What is the process of selecting the appropriate assessment?
- Does assessment contribute to the fulfillment of learning objectives?
- Does assessment correspond to workload (credits)?
- Are there specific marking criteria for each individual piece of assessment?
- Is the student informed about the assessment criteria and marking scheme?
- Is there provision for timely feedback? What is the form of feedback?
- Are there clear examination procedures?
- Are there effective ways in place to identify impersonation and plagiarism?
Assessment of Student Outcomes
Learning activities need to be organized around demonstrable learning outcomes embedded in the course components including; course delivery mode, pedagogy, content, organization, and evaluation.It means therefore that:-
- Learning outcomes need to
- address both content mastery and increased learning skills.
- be described in observable, measurable and achievable terms
- be assessed in a way which is relevant to the course content, the learner's situation, the learning design and the distance delivery media or system.
- provide the design basis for developing educational experiences.
- reviewed regularly to assure their clarity, utility and appropriateness for the learners.
- Learning activities for the modes of assessment need to be responsive to the learning needs of individual learners.
- Assessment of Outcomes are most effective when learners help shape the learning outcomes and how they are achieved.
- Achievement of intended learning outcomes need to be facilitated through selection of consistent and compatible learning design, and media or delivery system.
- Assessment of learning needs to be timely, appropriate and responsive to the needs of the learner.
- Discussion groups
- Work with sample materials of assessment for evaluation
- Practical work on allocation of time for assessment using a Taxonomy of Learning Outcomes
- Write an assessment piece for a part of a course.
|Assessment in ODL|