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Many assessments in face-to-face classes will work online, but in-class assessments, like performances, labs, presentations, and invigilated tests and exams need to be re-considered.

1. Use alternative assessments

When developing your assessment plan, consider your course learning outcomes and identify different ways these outcomes can be assessed.  Review your list and re-evaluate any assessments that you aren’t sure how to facilitate remotely.


Best practices

  • Consider assessments that require higher-order skills like application, analysis, evaluation, and/or original thought
  • Consider ways to make assessments more individualized by allowing students to choose their own topics or problems to solve, applying concepts to their own experiences, incorporating self-reflection (e.g. students identify what they learned from the assessment), etc
  • Consider using low stakes assignments that allow you and students to evaluate performance without a big impact on final grade. You can explore examples of low stakes assignments HERE.

2. Use eClass for creating assignments

To keep everything in one place, which is helpful for both the teaching team and students, create assessments and their submissions in eClass.


Assignment Tools in eClass

Assignment Submission Tools in eClass

Use Turnitin in eClass for text-matching (to help combat academic dishonesty), grading, and feedback

Best practices

  • Be sure to add graders to your eClass course, and to the appropriate grading tools (e.g. eClass Assignments, Turnitin, and Crowdmak) so your graders have access to assess and provide feedback to students.

3. Prepare students for assignments

Consider how you will communicate your assessments, that is their instructions, expectations and guidelines, to students.  Also consider how you will help them develop the skills students need to complete the assessments.


Best practices

  • Share with students expectations for assignments (e.g. rubrics, word limits, expected time for completion) and how they relate to your course at the same time the assignments are given to students.
  • Remind students of assignment deadlines using Course Announcements.

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