Online Assessment

Because students are more likely to learn from (and less likely to be tempted to cheat on) assessments that provide authentic experiences or reflection on learning, think broadly and creatively about how best to assess student learning online. Below are resources to help you do so. 


Pre-assessments are a great way to gain information at the beginning of the course about what your students know, who they are, their expectations or challenges, and can inform how you will approach student learning. 

Assignments & Other Assessments

Integrating many small milestones, scaffolding larger assignments, and planning out regular feedback opportunities become particularly important in remote teaching contexts. Provide multiple opportunities to monitor and encourage their progress and promote better learning.

Quizzes and Exams

Wherever possible, avoid high-stakes, closed-book exams in online courses. On a practical level, it is difficult to monitor academic integrity on an online exam. Moreover, it’s often harder for students to regulate their own learning as they move through an online course. To take a more impactful approach, offer smaller, more frequent opportunities for feedback on learning with low-stakes quizzes and/or opportunities to tackle challenging problems in open-book tests.

Tools to Help You Create Online Assessments

See Also

Online Course Design

Online Teaching