Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Online Tools and Assessment Practices
The purpose of this project is to assist in the redesign of a number of courses at the University of Bergen by working extensively with instructors to design, develop, and implement new assessment methods through the use of digital tools provided by or through the university’s learning management system. The course redesign will also entail the development of new instructional methods that align with and complement the new assessment practices.
We expect that at least 20 courses will be redesigned as part of this initiative and that a wide variety of assessment strategies will be developed and employed. These strategies can range from short writing assignments that are peer-reviewed by other students to team tests to portfolio assessments to electronic student response systems to online discussions to many other possibilities.
The project will include a series of workshops and university pedagogy courses on alternative assessments, visits to other universities in Europe and the USA to learn how they have implemented new assessment practices, and extensive individual and cohort support in the course design process.
The assessment strategies will be carefully chosen to match the course content and intended learning outcomes and will be developed collaboratively with other members of the cohort. Furthermore, the effectiveness of these methods will be rigorously measured and compared using a combination of quantitative and qualitative measures. Methods that are shown to be successful in their pilot course will be publicized. There will also be a continuation of the initiative that aims to incorporate these more successful methods into additional courses over time.