Tips for Alternative Assessments 

Rutgers University Tips for Exams and Alternative Assessments
This site includes 10 Alternatives to Exams and Special Advice for Open-Book Assessment in Quantitative Courses
UC Berkeley Alternatives to Traditional Testing
This site includes a list of alternatives similar to that provided by Rutgers.
IU Bloomington Alternatives to Traditional Exams and Papers
This site includes questions to help focus in on the skills and knowledge an assessment should include.
Ohio State University Alternatives to Exams and Finals Workshop
CSU Monterey Bay provides an outline of a recorded presentation created by The Ohio State University that links to sections of interest. Topics include limitations for students, possible modifications, possible exam structures, deciding what to test, alternatives to exams, and alternatives to performances.
How Can Students Generate Evidence of Their Learning in a Remote World?
Recording of the April 2020 Meetup led by the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning that addressed how students can generate and show evidence of learning through ePortfolio approaches, even without an ePortfolio tool. Site includes links to resources shared by participants.
  • Identify your new expectations for students: You will have to reconsider some of your expectations for students, including participation, communication, and deadlines. As you think through those changes, keep in mind the impact this situation may have on students’ ability to meet those expectations, including illness, lacking power or internet connections, or needing to care for family members. Be ready to handle requests for extensions or accommodations equitably.


  • Create a more detailed communications plan: Once you have more details about changes in the class, communicate them to students, along with more information about how they can contact you (email, remote office hours, etc.). A useful communication plan also lets students know how soon they can expect a reply. They will have many questions, so try to figure out how you want to manage that.