We were looking at assessment of online learning today. There are a lot of tools for assessment, but I feel like you pretty much have to use them all to get a good sense of what a course offers. It is hard to disentangle the learning management system from the course content.

Does a course have large blocks of text, instead of smaller chunks interspersed with other kinds of content? Does the LMS allow for presenting material in other formats? It is easy to upload videos? Are they watchable if the student doesn’t have fast enough internet speed. You can assess the material, but if your assessment tool does not include a way to assess the functionality, it is missing a piece. We have to be able to address the current functionality.

All the pretty videos in the world are useless if the server doesn’t allow all the students to watch them at any time of day.

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