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Skip to 0 minutes and 7 secondsIs your training program producing fantastic results? How are you measuring and assessing the outcomes of your project? Would you like to learn how to design a quality assessment that will give you reliable data to analyse? Hi, I’m Linda McKee from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. I’m the Senior Director of Quality Support Initiatives and I’ll be your lead educator for this free online course. I collaborate with national and international teacher training organisations to design professional learning. My expertise is in the areas of performance assessment, quality assurance, and the continuous improvement of teacher education.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds In the course, we’ll start by looking at some assessment strategies before gaining an understanding of the importance of validity, reliability and fairness in building quality assessments. In the second and third weeks, you’ll explore how you can develop rubrics and surveys as part of an assessment framework, and you’ll get the opportunity to create your own by following our simple five-step process. This is a collaborative course where you can discuss best practice and get feedback on your work from your peers. So, if you’re interested in measuring and improving the quality of your program or project, this is the course for you. Join our global collective of professionals, take part in the discussions, and let’s learn together about designing quality assessments.

About the course

This free online course will help you to design assessment instruments to measure student outcomes. It focusses on rubrics and surveys.

Each week will explore a different aspect of assessment, and mix theory and practice. You will build your own assessments, and share and test them with other learners.

Week 1 – Building quality assessments

We will consider: the importance of validity, reliability and fairness in developing assessments; the national assessment instruments available in different countries; how to develop your own assessment instrument; and the impact of technology on measurement.

Week 2 – Rubrics

We will discuss: the role of rubrics in assessment; how to design effective rubrics to evaluate performance; and how to test rubric calibration, including using the bucket approach.

Week 3 – Surveys

We will explore: the role of surveys in assessment; the steps in writing surveys; and how to design effective surveys for use with a selected audience.

Learn with expert educators from AACTE

The course has been developed by the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) – the premier voice on educator preparation in the United States.

You will learn with Linda McKee – an experienced teacher trainer and Senior Director of Quality Support Initiatives at AACTE.


This course is designed for professional educators and aimed at those interested in the planning and administration of locally-produced assessments.

All levels of experience are welcomed, including assessment coordinators, student teachers, school and college educators, university academics and edtech professionals. If you are skilled in the area of assessment, you will be most interested in the discussions among colleagues. If you are new to assessment, you will find the course helpful in getting you up to speed. You are also encouraged to join in the discussions, where you can learn from the more experienced participants.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate and transcript

You can buy a Certificate of Achievement for this course — a personalised certificate and transcript in both digital and printed formats, to prove what you’ve learnt. A Statement of Participation is also available for this course.

Certificate of Achievement + transcript £49.00

Statement of Participation £34.00