Many designers know that both formative and summative assessments should be included in the course materials, but all assessments should not be treated equally. Why do so many designers rely on hearsay, what "feels" right, or never venture outside the "create of a video and multiple-choice questions with feedback" and call it good? What question types best support learning; when and how is feedback delivery the most effective; and what are best practices for using formative and summative assessments to improve outcomes?  Countless hours and funds have been used to determine best practices for assessments; do you know what those best practices are?

In this session you'll learn evidence-based best practices for creating both online summative and formative assessments for adult learners. You'll dive into what the research says about what assessment question types to use, how to improve learning outcomes with formative and summative assessments, and the importance of feedback timing and delivery methods. Next, you'll become familiar with a variety of different assessment software available for free or to purchase. You'll leave this session empowered with knowledge and resources to create evidence-based assessments for your organization.

In this session you will learn:

  • To define and identify formative and summative assessments
  • Best practices for creating evidence-based formative assessments online for adult learners
  • Best practices for using feedback in assessments to facilitate learner success
  • How assessments can be used to improve learning outcomes for your intended audience
  • What assessment software is available to facilitate the creation of evidence-based assessments for your intended audience

Technology discussed:

Canvas LMS, Kahoot, Quizlet, Atomic Assessments, Padlet or Lucid Chart, Articulate RISE, Google Forms, Flipgrid

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