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Introduction to Assessment Tools
Authentic assessment offers students meaningful opportunities to demonstrate learning through varied activities that allow diverse learners to be successful. As Todd Rose describes in his book The End of Average, people are “jagged” in their characteristics, and “one-size-fits-all” is no longer a successful strategy for measuring human potential.

The rapid growth of technology has generated a wide variety of tools that can be used to assess learning beyond the standard multiple-choice test. Students may be assessed using tools such as portfolios, graphic organizers, wikis, blogs, discussions and other products that allow them to demonstrate their learning in meaningful, personalized ways. Each of the tools we selected for this toolbox can be used for self- and peer-assessment and for assessment of individuals and groups.

In this assessment toolbox, we consider three categories of technology: collaboration tools, presentation tools and video capture tools. For each category, we review one tool and describe its potential use for the assessment of student learning. We provide information on the benefits and challenges of each tool, examples of learning objectives that may be assessed with the tool, and ideas for how the tool may be used for assessment.

Use the menu on the left or click the links below to explore information on the following tools:

Collaboration tools - MURAL
Presented by Kenneth Desautels

Presentation tools - Prezi
Presented by Troy Davies

Video tools - Screencast-O-Matic
Presented by Tracy Gaskin

For those in need, we have a tutorial on how to navigate this site