Effective assessment practices in asynchronous online discussions
Tuesday, November 15 11:15-11:35 AM Location: Bell
Abstract: Asynchronous discussions are an integral and required component of many online courses, yet standards for the assessment of student participation in these discussions are widely varied. Participants in this session will gain a better understanding of best practices in the assessment of asynchronous online discussion forums. The presentation will address ways to maintain high standards of validity and reliability in discussion forum assessment. In particular, the session will analyze the development and implementation of comprehensive rubrics for the assessment of discussion forums. Key assessment criteria discussed in this session will include length and frequency of responses, response content, and concerns with off-topic or plagiarized content. Participants will leave this session with adaptable rubrics for use in their own online courses as well as a better overall understanding of the primary issues in the assessment of asynchronous online discussions.