Formative and summative assessments are the backbone of a course and can help determine the learner’s success. This section focuses on the types of formal assessments given in an online environment and the tools that support them. You’ll also find resources on giving feedback to students to improve engagement and learning.


Types of Assessment – There are multiple options for assessment, including discussion boards, assignments in which students upload a file, group work, self-assessments, and proctored and non-proctored quizzes and exams.

Alternate Assessments – An overview of the many alternative authentic assessments instructors can use to assess student learning online without the need for proctored exams.

Best Practices for Creating Multiple-Choice Questions – Using multiple-choice questions can be a reliable means of assessment. This resource will help you learn to create effective multiple-choice questions for assessing students learning.

Exam Best Practices – A review of the options for administering exams and other assessments in your online course.

Google Assignments – With Google Assignments, you can collect assignments and give feedback by integrating Google Drive and Moodle.

Real-time Assessments and Check-ins – Learn how the polling tool can foster an active learning environment and enhance your students’ learning.


Providing Effective Feedback – Effective feedback improves students’ learning throughout the learning process.  This resource helps you to explore different options to find the best fit for the instructor or peer feedback for your content.

Rubric Best Practices, Examples, and Templates – Rubrics provide not only explicit assessment instructions and expectations to students but also serve as informative feedback to help students reflect on their learnings.  Refer to rubric best practices, examples, and templates for creating and applying rubrics in your courses.