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Chapter 9: Assessing Learning Outcomes
A assessment serves valuable purposes for both instructors and students. It provides students with appropriate, focused, and timely feedback to promote learning, keeps them informed regarding the progress they are making, and helps determine the extent to which they have achieved the outcomes of the course as a whole. For instructors, assessment is a good vehicle for communicating their goals to students so that they can learn more effectively, a means of identifying student misunderstandings and difficulties to guide instruction, and a source of information needed to assign student grades. In addition, assessment can deepen instructors’ understanding of how students learn, thereby enhancing their competence to offer distance courses.
Distance education programs use a large variety of strategies to assist learners ...