Exploring new avenues of online assessment EODLW 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 17:00-18:00 CET

EODLW webinar


Presentation with discussion


Assessing student work within an online environment can be challenging for instructors, especially those new to teaching online. Traditional forms of assessment that work well in a face-to-face classroom don’t always easily transition to online. This session will explore and discuss creative and effective forms of assessment for online learning, such as portfolios for authentic assessment. Drawing on the expertise of our expert panel of online instructors, who will share practical tips and guidance for online assessment.


Lisa-Marie Blaschke
EDEN Senior Fellow and Chair of the Board of EDEN Council of Fellows
Programme Director, Center of Lifelong Learning (C3L), Oldenburg, Germany

Dr. Lisa Marie Blaschke is a former Executive Committee member of the European Distance Education and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and is an EDEN Senior Fellow and Chair of the Board of the EDEN Fellows’ Council. She is also a former adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College, where she received the Stanley J. Drazek Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. Lisa has a BS in Technical Communication, and two master’s degrees (MDE, MBA), and a PhD. Prior to academia, Lisa worked for SAP for over a decade in Walldorf, Germany, leading and implementing enterprise-wide knowledge management and training processes and solutions. Lisa’s research interests are in the areas of self-determined learning (heutagogy), online collaborative learning, pedagogical application of web 2.0 technology and social media, and user interface design.


Orna Farrell
Assistant Professor- National Institute for Digital Learning, Coordinator- Digital Learning Design Unit, Dublin City University, Ireland

Orna Farrell holds a Phd in Education from Trinity College. Working within DCU’s National Institute for Digital Learning Orna’s research interests include online pedagogy, online student success and engagement, and eportfolio based learning. She is principal investigator of the National Forum funded project #Openteach: professional development for open online educators. Orna is a founding member of Eportfolio Ireland, a professional learning network for eportfolio practitioners and researchers.

Richard Powers
Project Coordinator at the Professional School of Education, Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg, Germany


Richard Powers is Professor Emeritus of English Language and Literature from University of Maryland’s Global Campus. An expert online teacher, trainer and instructional designer, he has taught online since 1998 using WebTycho, Blackboard, Moodle, Brightspace and ILIAS. Currently, he is the Project Coordinator at the Professional School of Education—Stuttgart-Ludwigsburg for blended learning courses for diversity for teachings in training. Since the Corona Virus Outbreak, Richard continues to be a key member of two task forces preparing students and teachers to teach remotely in this confusing time. With City Colleges of Chicago, Richard continues to support 3,000 teachers and 25,000 students online. At Stuttgart University, Richard continues to develop projects, courses and training for 3,000 teachers in training.

Aaron S. Blackwelder

Teacher, Woodland School District, Vancouver, United States, MA Ed

Aaron Blackwelder teaches high school English and coaches boys’ and girls’ golf in Southwest Washington. He is the co-founder of Teachers Going Gradeless, host of the podcast Beyond the Curriculum, and the educational contributor to Spectrum Life Magazine. Aaron is a Washington State English Teachers Fellow, was nominated for Washington State Teacher of the Year in 2019, and is a five time golf coach of the year. Aaron is a husband and father of two boys on the autism spectrum, who inspire him to become the teacher who meets the needs of all students.