Types of online assessment
Different universities make use of different learning management systems, each with its own online assessment tools. The following are three of the most widely accessible online assessment tools available on various institutional LMSs:
What is it?
An online test (or quiz) is a test that is created and completed on a computer or other electronic device. While most online test platforms allows for open-ended questions, such as essay type questions, it most commonly consists of objective question types. One of the biggest advantages of an online test that consists of objective question types is that it is usually set up to be marked automatically by the system, which saves a lot of time in marking! Most online test platforms allow you to set up individualised feedback per question which is important in any assessment, but often difficult when you have to assess large groups. Another advantage of online tests is the ease of analysing your results through item-analysis.
How to use it?
Online tests or quizzes are generally formative assessment activities. It can provide students with more regular opportunities to gauge whether they understand the content. Here are some ideas for using online tests as part of your overall assessment strategy:
- Diagnostic assessment: An assessment your students have to complete at the beginning of a course to check prior knowledge.
- Preparation quiz: A short (usually informal) quiz students have to complete before class to help them prepare for class. This works well as part of a flipped classroom as well where students have to work through content before attending class.
- Quiz after a unit of work has been completed: to test students’ understanding of the content completed. This again does not have to be a very long test, it can consist of 10 to 20 questions about the work that has been covered in a unit / chapter.
- Class test: If it is possible for you to conduct your class in a computer lab, you can make use of the opportunity to have your students complete a class test online. This option can also work if you have ubiquitous Wi-Fi access on your campus and if your students have access to smartphones as most online test platforms is also mobile-friendly.
- Practical: If your students have to complete practical assessments, you can consider converting some of these to online assessments.