7.3.7 Diagnostics and observation

Evaluation methods

Diagnostic tasks

Diagnostic tasks which students complete before the course has started, revealing their prior knowledge skills, aptitude and reception of the learning task. The task can be repeated at the end of the course to demonstrate how their learning has progressed and whether their skills and views have changed. This will provide some insight into the effectiveness of the learning design and study methods.


Students may also be encouraged to record themselves using web or screen cams, demonstrating how they are completing online tasks. This will provide direct evidence regarding the way the students tackle an online activity, their approach and thought process as well as their reception of the study task and provide valuable feedback on the design of the study task. Observation may offer insights into the clarity of instructions, task objectives and usability of the tools and resources.

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