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Assessment Strategies for Online Learning
The instructor's inclusion of authentic activities improves the quality of student interaction and learning in online classrooms. This article provides provides sound guidance and ‘how to’ for instructors.
Assessing Online Learning - Book Review

Authentic assessment is a form of assessment in which students are asked to perform real-world tasks that demonstrate meaningful application of essential knowledge and skills. This link takes you to a complete instructional guide and supports your creation of authentic assessment in your course.
http://jolt.merlot.org/vol1_no1_mueller.htm

Online Journals for Online Teachers
MERLOT is a free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education. The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT) is a peer-reviewed, online publication addressing the scholarly use of multimedia resources in education.
http://jolt.merlot.org/index.html

Discussion Board: a student engagement strategy
An ordinary function of any class, online or otherwise, is to teach and engage the students. Writing sound discussion questions is one way to invite and increase participation. This article provides sound information on how to write good discussion questions for your course. http://jolt.merlot.org/vol3no2/akin.htm

Archive of links to resources for instructional design for effective online learning and teaching

Active student engagement in online courses is critical to learning, retention, and success.
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