Why Am I Doing This? Making Assessments Meaningful

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It is important for assessments to align with learning objectives in order to reinforce content and lead to educational improvement. The given learning objectives helps the student anticipate what they will be expected to know for assessment.

In the brief video below, Aloha Sargent provides a tour of her online class showing how she uses a course overview page with a brief video to ensure students understand what they will be expected to know by the end of the unit and how they will demonstrate that they have learned.

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Aloha is the Technology Services Librarian at Cabrillo College. She has been designing and teaching online information literacy courses for 10 years at a variety of CCCs, including Cabrillo, West Valley, Mission, Gavilan, and San Jose City College. Aloha is also a Lead Course Reviewer for the CVC-OEI and co-facilitates three fantastic @ONE courses: Online Teaching & Design, Peer Online Course Review, and Digital Citizenship. Aloha also serves as an OER Liaison and Library discipline lead for the ASCCC OER Initiative, and has provided instructional design support for the CCC Zero Textbook Cost degree program. She spends so much time working online that she once accidentally called her youngest son “Canvas”!

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