The heart of your online course are the learning activities. There are three types of learning activities you need to combine to create deep meaningful learning.
- Absorb-type activities require the learner to read, listen or watch.
- Most absorb-type activities are limited to student to content interaction.
- Absorb activities are not assessed.
- Do activities require the learner to actively exercise, explore and discover.
- Do activities most often include student to content, student to instructor and student to student interaction.
- As a rule, learners should spend a minimum of 50% of their time in do activities- even more would be better!
- Connect Activities help learners link current learning to prior learning, and apply what they learn, to future situations and others.
- Connect Activities often include higher levels of student to content, student to instructor, and student to student interaction.
The combination activities you create for student learning are used to measure the students’ ability to apply the knowledge or skills to real-world challenges.
Authentic assessment encourages the integration of teaching, learning and assessing. Do and Connect activities in online courses are assessed.
An authentic assessment includes;
- an authentic task for students to perform,
- a rubric/scoring guide by which the performance on the task will be evaluated.
Developing an authentic assessment for your Do and Connect activities is a four step process.
Step 1. Identify your outcomes of what you want your students to know and be able to do. Your outcomes need to be aligned with your course outcomes. They are typically one-sentence that will begin with a phrase such as “Students will be able to …” (SWBAT). Again, your outcomes need to be aligned with each of your course learning outcomes.
Step 2. Select an authentic task. An authentic task is a Do or Connect activity that assess how learners apply objective-driven knowledge and skills to real-world challenges.
- You are less interested in how much information students can acquire than how well they can use it.
- There is no one right answer, students are constructing new knowledge that differs from other students.
- Authentic Tasks are your Do and Connect activities and they are seamlessly integrated with assessment.
Step 3. Identify the criteria for the task. The criteria is used to evaluate how well students completed the task and, how well they have met the standard or standards. These questions identify the criteria for good performance on the task. ASK:
- “What does good performance on this task look like?”
- “How will I know they have done a good job on this task?”
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Step 4. Create the rubric. A rubric is comprised of two components: criteria and levels of performance.
- Every rubric has at least two criteria and at least two levels of performance.
- The criteria, characteristics of good performance on a task, are listed in the left-hand column in the rubric.
- For each criterion, determine to what degree the student has met the level of performance.
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Step 1- Course Outcomes & Activity/Assessment Categories
Follow the steps below to list and review your course learning outcomes and activity/assessment categories for your online course.
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