Educator Courses

Designing for Online Learning: Assessment

  • Dates

    October 5 - 9, 2020
  • Cost for members

  • Cost for non-members


    Registration closes for this course at 7pm ET on October 1. Please see our full menu of educator courses in the Designing for Online Learning Series here. Please register for any of our courses here.

    Course Description

    Designing for Online Learning: Assessment is a one-week course for educators interested in deepening their understanding of designing assessments for online settings. We have modified one of GOA’s most popular educator courses, Rethinking Assessment, to specifically emphasize assessment design in online spaces. This course is also an expansion of our one week course called Designing for Online Learning (DfOL), which we ran in March 2020. Designing for Online Learning is not a prerequisite for this course. This course, however, intentionally builds upon DfOL. The course will explore the following essential questions that educators are asking as they design learning experiences online:

    1) How might my students demonstrate their learning in online spaces?

    2) How will I know what students are learning?

    3) How will students know what they are learning?

    Specifically, we will cover different approaches to designing formative assessments, summative assessments, and feedback for students in online settings. We will examine examples of online assessments from GOA’s Student Program and from the field. We will also provide you with design prompts and strategies for getting started on designing your assessments in online spaces. You will also get the opportunity to leverage a global network to connect with educators from all over the world and share different approaches to designing assessments in online settings.

    In this course, you will:

    • Define the types of assessments that work well in online settings
    • Explore resources and frameworks for assessment design
    • Examine examples of assessment strategies and tools from GOA’s Student Program
    • Learn about the role that feedback can play in online settings to drive student learning
    • Collaborate with educators across GOA’s global network, share your expertise, and ask questions to learn how educators are approaching assessment in contexts different from your own

    What the course is and is not

    This is a practical one-week course for educators looking to rethink and reimagine assessments in online learning settings. This course is meant to provide strategies, resources, and frameworks for approaching assessment design in online learning settings.

    While we try to draw on a multitude of examples, this course is not meant to provide content-specific training on assessment design. This course is about frameworks and approaches that can be implemented widely. Additionally, this course is not about setting a grading policy for your school.

    A note on audience and scope

    GOA’s Student Program has over 3000 7th-12th graders each year in fully online courses. While much of our middle and high school experience may be relevant to elementary school teachers, we recognize the unique challenges inherent in online learning for younger students. This course is primarily geared towards educators who teach upper elementary, middle and secondary school students.

    With this course, we acknowledge that we are making some assumptions about access to technology, and, depending on your school context, you may face some constraints when it comes to the online learning tools and strategies you can employ. To address digital equity concerns, we've tried to offer a range of ideas for you to choose from. For more information on digital equity, see the Consortium for School Networking's toolkit.

    What to expect

    Click on our short video below to hear us address some of the frequently asked questions and learn what to expect if you are taking a course with us.


    What to Expect When Taking a GOA Professional Learning Course: Summer 2020

    Frequently Asked Questions

    How much time should I expect to spend in the course?

    We anticipate 45-60 minutes each day of the course, Monday through Friday, or about 3-5 hours. We will keep the course open after the course ends so that educators can continue to use the resources.

    When should I register?

    Now. Registration will close once we are full. We expect high demand and will offer the course again if necessary. Please do not delay in registering. If you register and then CANNOT attend, let us know, and we can then offer your place to another educator.

    What technological requirements does this course have?

    This course will take place in GOA’s Canvas instance. It’s very likely your existing set-up has all of the specifications you need to participate. For a precise list see here. Also, please note as of March 2020, Canvas is not supported in Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the region of Crimea.

    What additional resources for school closure and online learning are available?

    Please see GOA's COVID-19 Resource page for the most up to date resources.

    Have additional questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more specifically about how our courses work and what to expect. You may also email and we will try to respond to you as quickly as we are able.

    To learn more, see our publication: Five Design Elements for Rethinking School: A Toolkit for Educators.

    To sign up for additional professional learning opportunities, check out all of our educator courses.

    Follow along with us as we share insights, ideas, and updates about this course on Twitter @GOALearning and using #GOALearning.

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