Designing Online Assessments

Learning Module: Designing Student Assessments


6 open-access lessons

Time commitment

3 – 4 hours





Foundations of Student Assessment

The design of assessments within a course can have a significant impact on student learning and engagement. Effective assessments are developed as strategies for students to a) demonstrate achievement of course learning outcomes b) receive feedback on their progress, and c) structure their educational decision-making.

Creating meaningful student assessments in higher education poses both challenges and opportunities for instructors, yet it is possible to develop effective, rigorous and engaging assessments through intentional assessment and course design.

You will be able to:

  • Select appropriate assessment strategies that are aligned to the course learning outcomes
  • Clearly communicate expectations around assessment to students
  • Explain the differences between alternative forms of assessment 
  • Implement strategies to mitigate the occurrence of academic misconduct in higher education courses

In this module, you will find: 

  • 2 worksheets
  • 5 templates
  • 11 types of assessments
  • Additional reading and resources


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Lesson 1: Principles of Student Assessment

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Understanding Alignment and Student Assessment

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Lesson 3: Communicating expectations

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Lesson 4: Grading and feedback

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Lesson 5: Types of assessments

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Lesson 6: Academic Integrity in Assessments


Dr. Patti Dyjur, PhD

Academic Lead, Learning Technologies and Instructional Design 

Patrick Kelly

Manager, Learning and Instructional Design

Dr. Sarah Eaton, PhD

Educational Leader in Residence, Academic Integrity 

Dr. Kim Grant, PhD

Educational Development Consultant

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