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The assessment category focuses on effective methods for assessing student learning and progress in online courses. Faculty participants learn to design different types of assignments, rubrics, and how and why to provide timely and constructive feedback for students to learn and grow from.

Active and alternative assessments

Assessments are tools to enhance and examine learning. Offering a variety of assessments will help you create meaningful opportunities for student learning in your online courses.

Communicating assessment and activity instructions

Providing clear, student-facing instructions for your assessments (assignments or other learning activities) is critical for learners’ success in any instructional modality. We will look at the Transparency in Learning and...

Communicating citation format expectations

Providing students with clear guidelines for appropriately citing sources can help minimize student confusion and also contribute to a more inclusive learning experience. Students should be informed about what citation...

Developing a plan for feedback

Feedback may be one of the most impactful ways instructors support student growth.


To ensure students have an engaging learning experience, faculty are encouraged to include a variety of interaction types in their course design. Interaction types include student-to-student, faculty-to-student, and student-to-course content.

Plagiarism prevention and detection

Instructors play a pivotal role in addressing plagiarism and upholding academic honesty. To encourage a culture of academic integrity, faculty must first recognize the signs of plagiarism and provide effective...

Scaffolding for online learners

Appropriate conceptual scaffolding supports student motivation and engagement with learning.

Setting expectations for academic integrity

Academic integrity ensures that students approach their learning and complete assessments with transparency, honesty, and responsibility. When students engage in academic misconduct, they obtain an unfair advantage over their classmates...

Sprint at a glance: Authentic pedagogy in the age of AI

The concept of authentic pedagogy, which has been around for more than a century, is more relevant than ever with the availability of generative artificial intelligence (AI). 

Using rubrics online

A rubric is a scoring tool that lists the criteria for a piece of work and articulates gradations of quality for each criterion, from excellent to poor.