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.
1. Create your own rubric to grade your student's discussion activities. Here are several resources on student assessment to get you started:
- 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.
2. Post your completed rubric to the Angel Drop Box for peer review discussion activity. We will be discussing the project outcomes in the Discussion Forum for this Unit.
Post your reflection journal to the Angel course page.
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