One of the biggest challenges of starting with online assessment for the first time is the time that it takes to design assessments for online delivery, to formulate assessment criteria and/ or rubrics, and to develop an overall assessment strategy for your module that includes new online assessments. The initial time investment required to start using online assessment is often underestimated.
How do I address this challenge?
It is important to plan for it. You will need to spend some extra time initially when you want to incorporate online assessment activities into your overall assessment strategy for a course for the first time. You need to make provisioning for the time it will take to plan your activities, compile your assessment criteria, and develop assessment activities.
Do not over extend yourself by incorporating too many new types of assessment activities at once. Often lecturers are excited to try different online assessment tools. You will need to spend some time planning and compiling assessments for each new tool you want to use and you may become despondent when you realise how much time it will take. Rather make a commitment to try one new tool each year and build on previous years’ knowledge and experiences.
Ensure that the time you spend initially is truly an investment by building up a question bank of questions that you can re-use and expand on year after year. If you create 20 questions on a topic, for instance, the first year that your students are completing online quizzes, you can add 10 more the following year and have a question bank of 30 questions. You also need to remember that although you spend some extra time to compile your questions initially, you will save time eventually when these questions are automatically graded.