Alternative Assessments in Digital Learning in Higher Education: Global Perspectives

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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. 

WCET members will receive access to a Closer Look guide on Alternative Assessments in April. The guide will include accessibility and diversity, access, and inclusion considerations. 

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Chie AdachiChie Adachi, Associate Professor and Director, Digital Learning, Deakin University

Chie Adachi currently works as director, digital learning at Deakin University, Australia. She leads a number of digital learning innovation projects at Deakin and is passionate about and researches how digital pedagogy, educational technology, and interculturalism enhance and innovate teaching and learning. She is also a co-founder of TELedvisors, a special interest group under the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). 


" "David Hubert, Associate Provost for Learning Advancement, Salt Lake Community College

David Hubert makes his home in Utah where he serves as Associate Provost of Learning Advancement at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC). He led the development and implementation of SLCC’s ePortfolio requirement in its General Education program, directed SLCC’s Faculty Teaching and Learning Center, and helped the college receive a commendation from the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities for its assessment of General Education learning outcomes. In his spare time, he loves tennis, photography, camping, and stargazing in Utah’s southern wilderness.


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

Steve Joordens was initially trained as a cognitive psychologist with expertise in human memory. Approximately a decade ago he became the director of the Advanced Learning Technologies Lab at the University of Toronto, Canada, and his research shifted to the creation and assessment of educational technologies. Joordens is passionate about student success. He has served as an advisor to OneHE from its inception and is enthusiastic about meeting, teaching, and learning from colleagues from around the world.


" "Janelle Elias, Interim Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & National Division, Rio Salado College

Janelle Elias serves on the president's executive team as the chief strategy officer for Rio Salado College. She provides leadership for strategic planning, institutional research, compliance and accreditation, conduct and community standards, disability services, marketing, development, strategic partnerships, and the national division.