This week we were challenged to actually make an assessment using one of the CMS’s we explored last week. I chose to use Canvas. At first I wanted to use Educator, since that’s what I use in my everyday work life, but I kept seeing on Twitter how much my other classmates really enjoyed using Canvas. That’s when I decided I’d give it a try and actually make something I could use with my own students. I couldn’t actually ever give this exact assessment, since all of my courses are housed in Educator and I don’t have the freedom to incorporate outside sources like this, but I definitely plan to use similar type questions in the future when assessing students.  Online assessments are so much more meaningful for students and teachers; as teachers, we can gather and manipulate data more efficiently than ever before. For our students, they can demonstrate their mastery in unique and creative ways that don’t have to involve a five paragraph essay. Even my students who struggle with handwriting can still be successful on an internet-based assessment. At the same time, though, using a lock-down browser to ensure academic integrity and instilling good values in my students regarding being responsible digital citizens is a must. Overall I really enjoyed playing around in Canvas and I was wishing I had mock-students that could take my assessment for me, so that I could practice giving feedback.

Below you’ll see a screencast I made, describing some of the details of my assessment and how it relates to Rubric 4.0. The screencast was only supposed to be less than two minutes long, but mine is a little bit longer… I was excited that I’d managed to get all ten of my Rubric 4.0 criteria in there that I HAD to mention them all.