Report of the Massive Open Online Course on Authentic Assessment for Online Learning (AAOL)
Authentic Assessment for Online Learning (AAOL) is a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) first offered through the Commonwealth of Learning May 9 – June 3, 2022 using the mooKIT platform developed by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. The course curriculum was initially drafted by Dr. Dianne Conrad and revised by Dr. Jason Openo in the Winter of 2021. AAOL introduced the theory and practice of authentic assessments as the heart of the learning experience, with an emphasis on how authentic assessments intersect with academic integrity and various forms of human diversity. // The final curriculum for the four-week MOOC was provided by content expert Dr. Jason Openo, co-author of Assessment Strategies in Online Learning: Engagement and Authenticity (2018). AAOL explored the concept of learner-centred design for online assessment in higher education using short videos, open access readings, interactive forum discussions, and a learning portfolio assignment designed to model the characteristics and qualities of authentic assessments. Aligned with the theory of constructivism and authentic assessment, AAOL explored the changing nature of work in a digital age and the competencies and skills needed in the contemporary workplace, by focusing on assessment strategies that engage and motivate learners in the e-learning environment, as well as those assessment approaches that promote both academic integrity and deep learning. The course provided an overview of the fundamentals of creating learner-centered digital assessment through 21st century examples using the 5-dimensional framework for authentic assessment as both a tool for diagnosing existing assessments for authenticity, and as a design template for new assessments.