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Assessing the Online Learner. Resources and Strategies for Faculty. Jossey-Bass Guides to Online Teaching and Learning

  • ID: 2216869
  • Book
  • November 2008
  • Region: Global
  • 174 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Assessing the Online Learner

Written by Rena M. Palloff and Keith Pratt, experts in the field of online teaching and learning, this hands–on resource helps higher education professionals understand the fundamentals of effective online assessment. It offers guidance for designing and implementing creative assessment practices tied directly to course activities to measure student learning. The book is filled with illustrative case studies, authentic assessments based in real–life application of concepts, and collaborative activities that assess the quality of student learning rather than relying on the traditional methods of measuring the amount of information retained.

Praise for Assessing the Online Learner

"Established leaders in online learning, Palloff and Pratt have broken new ground with this scholarly yet practical guidebook destined to become a classic. In the era of accountability, this text will provide administrators, faculty developers, and online teaching faculty with clear direction based in many years of successful virtual classroom experience that will guide the assessment of online learning for years to come."
Judy Witt, dean, School of Educational Leadership and Change, Fielding Graduate University

"At a time in which online educators are increasingly called upon to document student learning, Palloff and Pratt have succinctly offered strategies to align assessment, program competencies, learning outcomes, and course activities that authentically engage learners and promote meaningful reflection."
Tina J. Parscal, director of education and professional studies programs, Colorado State University Global Campus

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The Authors.

PART ONE: Assessment Basics.

ONE: How Do We Know They Know?

Developing Standards of Assessment.

Getting Down to the Basics.

Learner–Focused Teaching.

Applying What We Have Learned.

TWO: Assessment Online.

Principles of Effective Online Assessment.

Assessment and the Online Learner.

Using the Online Environment for Assessment Advantage.

Plagiarism and Cheating.

Applying What We Have Learned.

THREE: Course and Program Evaluation.

Course Evaluation.

Instructor Evaluation.

Program Evaluation.

Competency Assessment as Course and Program Evaluation.

Applying What We Have Learned.

PART TWO: The Assessment and Evaluation Toolkit.

Introduction to the Assessment and Evaluation Toolkit.

Rubrics and Rubric Development.

Using Student Feedback for Assessment.

How Interactive Is It?

Authentic Assessments.

Performance Assessments.

Effective Test and Quiz Development.


Portfolios as Assessment.

Reflective Assessment and Self–Assessment.

Collaborative Peer Assessment.

The Use of Wikis and Blogs in Assessment.

Effective Online Course Evaluation.

Effective Faculty Evaluation.

Additional Resources.



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Rena M. Palloff
Keith Pratt
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