Developing Clear Instructions for Assessments

In order to ensure that students are confident that they are completing assignments correctly, it is important that the instructions explain the assignment as clearly as possible. The more precise and clear the instructions, the better students are able to focus their attention on achieving the assessment’s outcome, improving learning and easing anxiety.

In the brief video below, Mike Smedshammer provides a brief tour of one of his online courses that demonstrates the use of clear and effective instructions for an assessment.

Michael Smedshammer is the faculty instructional design coordinator at Modesto Junior College. He is a lead course reviewer for California’s Online Education Initiative and a Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award winner.

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