Many faculty have been asking about different ways to assess student learning as we approach the end of the academic year. You might want some new, fresh ideas because your traditional final won’t work well in Blackboard, or because the term paper you originally assigned seems like a heavy lift for students this semester, or because your in-class formative assessments aren’t translating well to the remote format.

You’re in luck! We’ve pulled together some great resources for considering alternate ways you can ensure your students are meeting their learning outcomes.

Alternate Assignments and Assessments Webinar

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Exam Alternatives for Remote Teaching

Next, make sure you check out the post by Jenn Kelley on her blog about alternate assessments. Here’s the full post as it appeared on the Teaching, Learning and Practice website. It’s full of additional information and resources for building assessments for remote teaching that can be particularly useful as we hurtle towards finals. Here’s an excerpt:

COVID-19 and Alternative Institutional Operating Procedures have thrown us all for a loop and here we are marching steadily toward final exams. If you’re feeling unsure of how to assess your students’ learning this semester, you’ll find some ideas ranging from “easy to implement from scratch” to “a bit more challenging, but potentially useful adaptations of existing assignments.” Consider suggesting your own alternative assessments in the comments below or add them to the COD Faculty Guide to Remote Teaching Best Practices & All Around Good Ideas. We’ll update this guide with good ideas as we get them!

While you’re there, make sure to also check out the post called Empathy and Assessments, which can help you ensure you’re finding the middle road between student stress and learning outcomes in these trying times.

Outside Resources

While there are a wealth of resources inside our college, there are also some great places to get information outside of it as well. Here are some good reads for those interested in developing alternate assessments.

Jenn’s post linked above also has a number of great outside links for alternate assessments!

Other Resources

Finally, if you’re in search of some basic help with building assessments in Blackboard, we have that, too.

Questions? Need Blackboard help? We’re here! Email us at For help walking through potential assessement solutions, you can also email Faon Grandinetti at