Alternative Assessments in Digital Learning in Higher Education: Global Perspectives

  • Date : March 23, 2021 2:00 PM
  • Meeting Type : Webcast

Hosted in partnership with OneHE.

Remote learning highlighted some of the challenges associated with assessments via online learning. Proctoring, identity verification, and other means of authenticating the learner taking the test present challenges, including costs and privacy concerns.

Alternatives to traditional assessments help demonstrate what students can do over what they know or have memorized. According to Brigham Young University, “…an alternative assessment measures applied proficiency more than it measures knowledge. Typical examples of alternative assessments include portfolios, project work, and other activities requiring some type of rubric.”

Alternative assessments can reduce privacy and security concerns and showcase student’s competencies and proficiency.

Panelists discussed global perspectives on how to effectively use alternative assessments, including:

  • Advantages and disadvantages including cost and workload.
  • Self and peer assessments.
  • Role of edtech.
  • Student perceptions.
  • Links between faculty evaluation and student motivation.

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Chie Adachi

Associate Professor and Director, Digital Learning, Deakin University

David Hubert

Associate Provost for Learning Advancement, Salt Lake Community College

Steve Joordens

Professor of Psychology, and Director, Advanced Learning Technologies Lab, University of Toronto Scarborough


Janelle Elias

Vice President, Strategy & Advancement | Interim Vice President, Academic Affairs, Rio Salado College

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