Effective assessment is inseparable from good teaching and learning. Just as a good facilitator would use more than one method of teaching, a program or a course would normally employ more than one method of assessment. An assessment plan lays out a well thought out selection of assessment methods that are aligned to the elements of performance and outcomes of the course or program can be facilitated in a number of ways.
Decide which assessment fits best, consider:
What do I want the students to know, do, and be?
What is acceptable evidence to show that students have achieved those outcomes?
What experiences will help students to demonstrate their achievement of those outcomes?
Time/resources required to develop the assessment for students, developing rubrics/scoring guides, student briefing video/document, sample/exemplar for students and evaluating student work.
Time/resources for students to complete the assessment.
Will the student require a physical space free from distraction/noise (in person/synchronous presentation)
Synchronous presentations may need to be recorded for potential appeal process if capstone activity.
Timing: are time zones a concern?
Technology: are students comfortable with the technology required to complete the assessment? If not, prepare/share support documents/links.
From: Drake, S. (2007). Creating Standards-Based Integrated Curriculum: Aligning curriculum, content, assessment, and instruction. (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin – page 8.
These questions will help you to choose an assessment task that is aligned with the outcomes students will be performing in the course.
Have a look at these examples from courses:
Outcome: Develop a business plan for a small business.
Assessment: Students write a business plan for a specific business.
Outcome: Apply conflict resolution strategies in a variety of settings.
Assessment: Students demonstrate strategies during a series of simulations in class.
Outcome: Critically analyze situations that lead to the perpetration of fraud.
Assessment: Students examine case studies and present their analysis.
Review the links below to compare formative/summative assessment and traditional versus authentic forms.