Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom

Performance and Assessment in the Virtual Classroom explores the myths and challenges of assessing performance virtually. Topics include effective measures of assessing students, compliance issues, feedback models for students, online gradebook functions, and data analysis.

About The Course

Effective measures of performance and assessment are a crucial component of any virtual program. Teachers and administrators must understand both the myths and challenges of assessing performance virtually, administering standardized testing with geographical challenges, and complying with state and local requirements to make sure students are meeting requirements. This course will discuss student performance in a virtual classroom, formats of virtual assessments, assessing special populations, including at-risk, gifted, and special needs students, data analysis of virtual course gradebooks, and learning management systems as related to performance and assessment.

This course will enable teachers to see the importance of communication and organization in managing virtual caseloads, and monitoring student learning remotely through the effective use of learning management system features. Students will also create virtual instructional feedback tools for students assessment and learn the important competencies needed to be an excellent virtual teacher.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get a certificate after completing this class?
You can earn a Verified Certificate by verifying your work with a no obligation Signature Track trial. Payment for Signature Track can be made anytime until the week before the course ends — so you’ll be more certain that you’ll earn your Verified Certificate.  If you choose not to verify your work, you can still participate in the complete course.  While your final score will be noted on your course records page, this course will not offer a Statement of Accomplishment.  

Will I receive university credit for this course?
At this time, university  credit is not available for this course. However, this course is one of four courses offered through Coursera by UC Irvine focused on Virtual Teacher Education. Those students who successfully complete all four courses and earn a Verified Certificate with Distinction (available exclusively by joining Signature Track) for each course will be able to apply for a practicum course offered online through UC Irvine Extension. For more information on the UC Irvine practicum visit

What resources will I need for this class?
The course is self-contained, with the suggested textbooks amplifying the analysis and application of pedagogical principles. You are not required to purchase the textbooks in order to be successful in the class or to receive a Statement of Accomplishment.

What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this class? 
I will learn that online courses can provide students with a world class education at the K-12 level, ensuring course integrity, valid measures of performance and assessment, and a pathway to higher education.

Recommended Background

The course is primarily for:

  • Teachers working with children ages 5 - 18
  • Faculty working with further education, community college, or vocational students
  • Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty
  • Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction
  • Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums.