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Assess and Grade

Keeping track of how well your students are meeting your learning objectives for a course can pose special challenges during campus disruption. You will still want to engage in assessments of their learning, but you may need to consider altering your grading plans in ways such as the following:

  • Provide more frequent opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned, such as weekly quizzes instead of one midterm and final exam.
  • Consider altering writing assignments so that students submit a series of writing drafts, graphic organizers, and/or annotated bibliographies, instead of one final essay.
  • Determine whether you should engage in formative or summative assessment, and whether you can use “low-stakes” assessments rather than those with “high-stakes.”
  • If you decide to administer a quiz or exam online, LockDown Browser is a custom browser that locks down the testing environment within Canvas
  • TurnItIn plagiarism detection software is available in Canvas to allow students to evaluate how well they have cited their sources before they submit their work to you