The design stage
Assessment approach & strategies
I think my approach was pretty much constructivist. I needed to present some of the theory but basically I wanted to encourage learners (VET trainers) to develop an approach to online and flexible learning that suited their context and to develop their skills so that they could implement that approach. To further that aim I really placed considerable emphasis on contributions to the discussion board which was an assessable task. I actively encouraged learners to engage in the lively discussions and to reflect on the opportunities of the online medium.
Draft assessment resources
My assessment tasks have been tweaked somewhat over the years. In the last iteration I combined a few of the tasks to make a bigger portfolio type of task. This helped to eliminate the number of smaller tasks which had become "bitsy".
My final assessment package included:
- assessment of the discussion board contributions
- a workbased project in which learners develop an online learning sequence
- a report submitted online
- a checklist summitted online
I also refined the requirements for the completion of the discussion board task. Drafting the criteria in advance has been the most challenging task and I feel this is still the area where it is hardest to assess the outcomes. I am planning to review this again for the next semester.
I didn't use any special software apart from drafting the tasks to sit in the assessment dropbox in WebCT. I was pretty careful to make sure the tasks was very explicit and contained all the information the learner would need.
Learner support information
As the course was totally online I prepared an induction booklet which outlined the assessment process and the steps for submitting the assessment tasks through the WebCT system.