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About the Course

For several decades now, assessment has become an increasingly pressing educational priority. Teacher and school accountability systems have come to be based on analysis of large-scale, standardized summative assessments. As a consequence, assessment now dominates most conversations about reform, particularly as a measure of teacher and school accountability for learner performance. Behind the often heated and at times ideologically gridlocked debate is a genuine challenge to address gaps in achievement between different demographically identifiable groups of students. There is an urgent need to lift whole communities and cohorts of students out of cycles of underachievement. For better or for worse, testing and public reporting of achievement is seen to be one of the few tools capable of clearly informing public policy makers and communities alike about how their resources are being used to expand the life opportunities for their children. This course is an overview of current debates about testing, and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of a variety of approaches to assessment. The course also focuses on the use of assessment technologies in learning. It will explore recent advances in computer adaptive and diagnostic testing, the use of natural language processing technologies in assessments, and embedded formative assessments in digital and online curricula. Other topics include the use of data mining, learning analytics and artificial intelligence in learning management systems and educational technology platforms. Participants will be required to consider issues of data access, privacy and the challenges raised by ‘big data’ including data persistency and student profiling. -------------------------------- Recommended Background -------------------------------- This course is designed for people interested in the future of education and the "learning society," including people who may wish to join education as a profession, practicing teachers interested in exploring future directions for a vocation that is currently undergoing transformation, and community and workplace leaders who regard their mission to be in part "educative." -------------------------------- Related Resources -------------------------------- Online resources are available here: -------------------------------- Join our Online Communities! -------------------------------- CGScholar (Create an account and join the New Learning community) Facebook Twitter -------------------------------- Take this Course for Credit at the University of Illinois -------------------------------- This course has the same content and anticipates the same level of contribution by students in the Assessment for Learning course offered to graduate certificate, masters, and doctoral level students in the Learning Design and Leadership Program in the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Of course, in the nature of MOOCs many people will just want to view the videos and casually join some of the discussions. Some people say that these limited kinds of participation offer evidence that MOOCs suffer from low retention rates. Far from it – we say that any level of engagement is good engagement. On the other hand, if you would like to take this course for credit at the University of Illinois, you will find more information about our program here: And you can apply here: -------------------------------- The Learning Design and Leadership Series of MOOCs -------------------------------- This course is one of a series of eight MOOCs created by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis for the Learning Design and Leadership program at the University of Illinois. If you find this MOOC helpful, please join us in others! e-Learning Ecologies: Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Learning for the Digital Age New Learning: Principles and Patterns of Pedagogy Assessment for Learning Learning, Knowledge, and Human Development Ubiquitous Learning and Instructional Technologies Negotiating Learner Differences: Towards Productive Diversity in Learning Literacy Teaching and Learning: Aims, Approaches and Pedagogies Multimodal Literacies: Communication and Learning in the Era of Digital Media

Top reviews


Jun 21, 2020

Supports students in rethinking norm-referenced standards for assessment, in comparison with mastery learning. Also introduces educational data mining and whole-program evaluation.


Oct 9, 2022

this e-learning is designed in well structured. The structure of this e-learning can make participants active and learn step by step in a better way.

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By Bharat P

Sep 14, 2020


By Nesma M M

Apr 1, 2020

I enjoyed this course a lot and benefited from each portion of it, I am working in education as well as program evaluations, so it served both purposes. Especially at the time of a world pandemic and having to shift to online learning, this helped me a lot get an overall idea of where to start with program assessment and utilizing the newly available tools (analytics) for the purpose of program assessment and course assessment and evaluations. Thank you so much for this, will definitely enroll in other Illinois courses on coursera.

By Evelyn M

Jul 11, 2022

I've learned a lot from this course! I know now the different kind of assessment and the best assessment for the students of today.

By Dipak P

Sep 28, 2020

Very helpful to understand Assessment throughout the education sector. Got an idea to adopt newer assessment methods .


Oct 25, 2021

Extremely relevant course, though I wish I had enough prior knowledge to understand Data Mining part.

By Gulshan A

May 11, 2020

Fantastic course

By Taffeta E

Jun 22, 2020

Supports students in rethinking norm-referenced standards for assessment, in comparison with mastery learning. Also introduces educational data mining and whole-program evaluation.

By Marc N C C

Jul 13, 2022

I have learned a lot in this course and it is very helpful and applicable in my professional career. I like this course most. Thank you very much

By Sachin B

Sep 3, 2020

Value added course for budding as well as skilled & expert academicians

By Mary J S W

Jul 12, 2022

it is good to understand the way of assessing the student by the help of this materials.

By shirly y

Jul 12, 2022

Interesting, informational and engaging. Thank you Coursera. More learnings to come.

By Ruth L

May 19, 2021

This course is good for those of us who have interest in education as it provides insights and different perspectives regarding the different approaches for assessments with the use of different mode of technology. It sheds a different dimensions from a traditional approach

By Pratibha N

Oct 27, 2021

All models are very informative and thought provoking. The course provides very well defined meaning of assessments in a structured manner. This will surely help a lot in my career path and all the methods learnt will be very helpful.

By Lourdes S

Jul 10, 2022

Taught me a lot about assessment. I am now ready to prepare assessments that are student friendly.

By Dr. Z K

Aug 27, 2020

I am happy about this course. well designed and well structured.

By Ghanashyam G

Sep 4, 2020

Very informative course, thank you very much.

By Swati D R

Aug 28, 2020

Nice experience and very informative

By Deleted A

Aug 18, 2020

Amazing course in the digital era

By Atul S

Oct 3, 2020

Very good course contents

By Richard D V

Aug 8, 2020

This is a great course.

By Rona E

May 2, 2022

Thank you so much

By Dr. A C

Sep 2, 2020


By Sachin S

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By Mohammed m r y

Apr 17, 2022

قيمة جدا

By Dr.Rajnish K

Oct 12, 2020