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Assessment Options

On this page, you can find information about how to assess students during remote instruction: guiding principles, quizzes and multiple-choice exams, hand-written exams, peer review, and notes on academic integrity. There are many suggestions for effective, low stakes, asynchronous, cumulative assessments in the Assessment section of the Preparing to Teach Online GauchoSpace site developed for faculty.

Guiding Principle: Make Assessments Meaningful

  • How do people in your field apply the content in the workplace? (e.g. papers, presentations, team project, verbal/written, real-world problem solving, experiments)
  • How detailed do students need to be in this assessment? (e.g. cursory or detailed explanations, implementation or description, show their work or just the answer) 
  • What can you do to personalize, customize, or randomize the assessment to adapt to students’ needs and interests – and thereby supporting academic integrity? (e.g. randomize variables, students integrate their experience into the paper, let students choose the project topic and format)

This Meaningful Assessments Interactive Infographic has advice about how to make course assessments interesting and meaningful for students, and the instructors. For more extensive resources: visit the Assessment page of UCSB’s Reimagining Instruction for the Student Experience GauchoSpace site.

Meaningful Assessment in Online Courses

Academic Integrity & Student Collaborations

  • Read about 7 ways to Assess Students Online and Minimize Cheating (Flower Darby, Chronicle of Higher Ed, 9/24/2020; requires campus login)
  • What part(s) of the assessment should students collaborate on with other students? (e.g. study notes, peer review, group project)
  • How do you expect students to study, prepare, or complete the assessment? (e.g. drafts, study notes) What might you do to ensure that students do those things? (e.g. peer review of drafts, submit notes with exam)
  • Senate Policy on Online Proctoring scroll down to “Fall 2020 FAQs for Instructors”, then click “Can I require my students to use a specific proctoring service?”
Integrity, Meet Flexibility

Formative Assessment

Formative assessments help students practice, while summative assessments measure student learning at a fixed point. How can you use formative assessments to build up to a big paper, exam, or project?

Formative and Summative Assessment

Practical Considerations

Low Stakes Assessments for High Engagement
Leveraging Technology to Reimagine Virtual Assessments

Key Technologies at UCSB for Assessments

UCSB has a number of technologies that support student assessment. You may want to start by reviewing the infographic “Which assessment tool should I use?

For practice and testing, use GS quizzes or Gradescope. For Discussions and Peer Review, use Nectir, Eli Review, or GS Forums. For projects, presentations and papers use GS assignments.
Which assessment tool should I use?

Quizzes and Multiple-Choice Exams in GauchoSpace

For quizzes, multiple-choice exams, and some short answer exams, GauchoSpace quizzes are the best option. The Quiz tool allows you to build an exam from a reusable question pool. In addition, the exams allow for randomizing the order that questions are presented, randomizing the order in which responses are presented for each question, and randomizing what questions each student gets on their exam from a larger pool (equivalent to preparing multiple versions of the same exam). 

  • The Quiz Reference Guide for GauchoSpace has both a video tutorial and detailed instructions.
  • Use GauchoSpace quiz “shuffle” or add “random question” functions – this way two students will not have identical exams.
  • See section “Extra Restrictions on Attempts” under GauchoSpace quiz “Review Options” for additional ideas.

Gradescope for Online Grading of Handwritten and Online Exams

For hand-written exams – such as mathematical calculations or graphing – we recommend Gradescope. Gradescope also just rolled out an online exam option for more traditional multiple choice and short answer style quizzes that is available to UCSB faculty.

Write-Learn@UCSB for Peer Review

To facilitate peer feedback on writing (in courses ranging from small to 700 students), we recommend Write-Learn@UCSB (EliReview). For more information, see this “How-to” guide to Write-Learn, and contact Linda Adler-Kassner at ladler@ucsb.edu.

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