Course Description

Differentiated assessment is the key to helping every student have success within their own learning style.  This course is designed to help educators discover new ways to assess students from a variety of different learning styles. A focus on strategies for performing pre-assessments, formative assessments, and summative assessments as well as alternative assessments such as performance-based assessments, portfolios, presentations and more to give options for students to have success other than the traditional pen-and-paper assessment.  Classroom examples will be reviewed to help see how differentiated assessment can provide direction for improvement, promote confidence, and motivate students to do their best.  Participants will leave the course with a better understanding of assessment practices and a wealth of resources to effectively differentiate assessments in their classroom.

Learner Outcomes

By the conclusion of this course, each participant should be able to do the following:

  1. Develop an understanding of alternative assessments
  2. Create learning goals for alternative assessments
  3. Develop alternative assessments for reluctant learners, average learners, and gifted students
  4. Develop lesson plans for alternative assessments
  5. Implement alternative assessment methods
  6. Implement alternative assessment methods and effective use of rubrics
  7. Assess online resources to enhance and improve alternative assessments application
  8. Reflect on alternative assessments and educate parents/guardians of the process and benefits


System Requirements
  • Computer with word processing software
  • Internet access connection
  • Software capable of reading PDF files
  • Software capable of viewing PowerPoint presentations


This course is recommended for K-12 teachers and administrators looking to gain background information on differentiated and alternative assessment types and methods. The course will provide an overview of a variety of different learning styles; for optimal learning success, a basic understanding of learning styles is required. Participants must hold a baccalaureate degree.

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Section Title
Differentiated Assessments: Alternative Ways to Assess All Students in your Classroom
Start Now, you have 84 days to complete this course once enrolled.
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (5 units) $500.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook
No textbook is required for this course. Critical reading of assigned articles and text is embedded throughout the course. Assigned and recommended readings are listed in each milestone.
Section Notes

This course is offered in collaboration with The Connecting Link.

Course is self-Paced. Completion time: up to 12 weeks from initial log in to course. Participants are required to log in within 60 days of enrollment.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 7 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. Withdrawals received after that point will not receive a refund and no withdrawals will be accepted after the completion deadline for the course. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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