ARC Assessment for Online Teaching and Learning Institute (AOTLI) – Foundations 2.0

The ARC Assessment for Online Teaching and Learning Institute (AOTLI) supports instructors as they continue to build online teaching skills through exploration of the concept of assessment as a design tool to create a course centered around student learning. In this course, participants will explore a design process called the assessment loop, looking at the ways clear learning outcomes, thoughtfully designed assessment, and analysis of assessment results can help engage students and build a better course. The course covers writing clear unit-level learning goals, aligning assessments to learning goals, developing authentic summative assessments and developing formative assessments that provide rich and meaningful feedback for students. In addition, participants will explore various assignment options in Canvas, and develop an overarching plan for using assessments in digital learning environments.

Participants should have a working knowledge of how to create and teach a class using Canvas prior to beginning this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Create assessments aligned to the OEI Course Design Rubric. 
  • Develop unit-level learning objectives in student-centered language with demonstrable learning outcomes.
  • Design a variety of valid and authentic formative and summative assessments aligned to the course objectives.
  • Design student self-assessments.
  • Write clear and detailed assessment instructions.
  • Develop an assessment plan for one unit of your course that supports regular assessment with timely, meaningful feedback.
  • Create clear descriptive rubrics that support desired outcomes.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Session Start Date Topic
Session 1 April 5, 2024 Assessments Overview and Outcomes
Session 2 April 12, 2024 Summative Assessments
Session 3 April 19, 2024 Formative Assessments
Session 4 April 26, 2024 Feedback and Rubrics

Complete activities by: May 3, 2024

OTI Prerequisites and Enrollment Requirements

Reminder: This is not Canvas training. Participants should have some experience with using Canvas in a teacher role before starting this course. 

Requirements for Completion

Certificates will be issued for completion of the entire Institute. To receive the certificate of completion, participants must:

  • Participate in all required discussions.
  • Complete all assigned activities and exercises.

Hours Required

This is a 4-week course. Participants will need to devote approximately 8-10 hours per week to reading, online discussions, and assignments.

Recommended Skills

  • Proficient computer skills (use of word processor, e-mail, file management)
  • Proficient Internet skills (use of browsers, searches, uploading and downloading files)
  • Familiarity with discussion boards
  • Experience in an online learning environment as either a student or instructor

Technical Requirements

  • Access to a PC or Mac with a current operating system.
  • Current version of a browser.
  • Internet connection, preferably broadband.

Foundations 2.0 

This Institute can be used to fulfill the Foundations 2.0 opportunities for Faculty Professional Development, and welcomes all LRCCD employees who meet the enrollment requirements. Upon completion, faculty at Class I through III are eligible for 1.33 Class Salary Advancement Units.

Note: Class Salary Advancement and College Service Credit are available to faculty who are taking a course for the first time. Faculty may earn up to six (6.0) lower division units of class salary advancement per semester.


Registration is now open!

Questions about the AOTLI? Contact Alice Dieli (916) 484-8996