Unit 3: Assessment and Evaluation
Upon completion of this unit, participants will:
1. Understand assessment of online discussion activities.
2. Conduct peer reviews of discussion activities in this lesson.
3. Provide feedback for this professional development course.
Unit 3 Lecture Forthcoming: Using rubrics to assess discussions.
Here are some great resources for online assessments:
- Edelstein & Edwards. (2002) Assessing Effectiveness of Student Participation in Online Discussions. Five categories important for building a learning community (promptness and initiative, delivery of post, relevance of post, expression within the post, and contribution to the learning community).
- Garrison et al. (2001) Cognitive Processing Categories. May be useful when assessing the quality of postings: (1) triggering (questioning); (2) exploration (information seeking and sharing), (3) integration (providing solution), and (4) solution (testing solutions)
- Kleinman. (2005) Grading Rubric for Online Discussion Participation. Provides detailed grading criteria.
- Dringus & Ellis. (2005) Assessment of Student Progress in Forums
- Roblyer, M. D. and Ekhaml, L. How Interactive are YOUR Distance Courses? A Rubric for Assessing Interaction in Distance Learning  State University of West Georgia.
Post your reflection journal to the Angel course page.
Facilitating Effective Online Discourse Home Page