Chapter 8Evaluating Performance

Self deception is the worst deception.

—Plato

If you don’t know where you’re going, you just might get there.

—Yogi Berra

Examinations are formidable even to the best prepared, for the greatest fool may ask more than the wisest man can answer.

—Charles Caleb Colton

In the previous chapters, we discussed the elements that make up an online course, from blogs to team projects to wikis. In this chapter, we discuss evaluation. As an online student, it’s important to have a good sense of how you are doing in your course or program. You will leave this chapter with a sense of how evaluation works online—from how your instructors review and grade your work, to self or peer assessments.

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