Aligning Assessments with Learning Objectives

When you are creating a course, strive to design with the end in mind. After you have established a set of measurable learning objectives for your course, work to develop assessments that are aligned with your stated learning objectives. Think of the learning objectives as a set of skills, knowledge, or abilities that your students will be able to demonstrate a mastery of at the end of the course. Then consider the assessments as a way for the student to prove they are capable of that mastery.

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Why Students Cheat

When faculty are asked “why students cheat?” they often cite different reasons from what a student would say. In this video, I highlight why students cheat. We begin be looking at some of the research on why students cheat and then we look at a theory as to why students cheat in order to minimize academic dishonesty.

References

  1. Academic dishonesty
  2. Definitions of terms from the ASU Provost’s website
  3. Cyber-bullying
  4. Provost’s website on Academic Integrity

Defining Cheating

When someone says “Don’t cheat” what do they really mean? Students often commit acts of academic dishonesty not because they are lazy, but because they did not understand that what they were doing was considered cheating. This video will explore various definitions of cheats in order to help you communicate clearly to your students what you define as cheating. Continue reading

Quality Matters Overview

Arizona State University is committed to implement the Quality Matters standards for the design of online courses, and we are systematically building and evaluating our courses based on these rigorous, research-based standards. The Quality Matters standards assure that the online components of these courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners.

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