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Assignments & Tests

Best practices and links to resources related to a variety of assignment types and tests


Assignment and assessment methods come in a variety of forms, each with its own set of pros and cons. Here is a sampling:

Peruse the resources below to discover best practices and ideas.

Selected-Response Tests

Written Assignments

  • NNU Writing Center - Our Center for Academic Success and Advising includes a writing lab for both on-campus and online students. Visit their site for information about the services they provide and links to resources for grammar, plagiarism-detection, and citation. Contact Cathy Becker ( in the CASA office for more information.
  • Harvard Writing Project - Harvard University provides guides for writing in several disciplines.
  • Writing Across the Curriculum - This resource from the University of Richmond includes ideas for building writing opportunities using Bloom’s taxonomy (the original version) and many more practical tips.

Group Projects

Online Groupwork


One of the supporting tools for group projects is a wiki, a website that allows users to add, modify, or delete its content via a web browser. If you choose to include group projects in your assessment plan, you may want to incorporate the use of a wiki so that students can build a document or presentation together.

  • Wikis in Plain English (3:34 minutes) - By the Common Craft Show, which is well-known for creating short videos that explain a variety of tools and concepts
  • 7 Things You Should Know About Wikis - A quick read from EDUCAUSE
  • Assessing with Wikis - A resource from the University of New South Wales Sydney
  • Wikiversity - A wiki project of the Wikimedia Foundation (which also brings us Wikipedia)
  • Google Docs - Since every student has an NNU Google account, this means students automatically have a wiki space; also, Canvas Collaborations allow for integration of Google Docs within a course site


Portfolios are essentially collections of student work that demonstrate learning and development over time. Portfolios can include a self-assessment component that builds students’ reflective skills as well as provide faculty with valuable insight into student learning. Sometimes, an “e” is placed in front of the word portfolio to indicate it is a digital repository (as opposed to paper). A portfolio would be an appropriate capstone project for a course or program and is therefore summative in nature.


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