Authenticate the Assessment

In learning design, while we focus our attention on the content, we should also consider assessment as an essential component of a course. By assessment, I’m not referring to mini quizzes which are built in the courses. Most of these quizzes merely focus on knowledge retention not application or synthesis. To make an assessment more authentic, we need to think beyond multiple-choice, true/false, drag and drop, and so on.

I’d mentioned briefly in my previous posts that knowing the skills learners are to demonstrate in industry/workplace after completion of a course can help us build a more authentic course. Having this in mind, we can also design authentic assessments. The only important point is having our SMEs’ buy-in. Further, you might have to look into the whole course design from the end to the beginning. This will somehow be like backward design. In this model, the desired results are identified; hence, the course design as well as the assessment will be aligned with the expected results. I have also heard of eLearning institutions which design the assessments first and then create the content.

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