Innovations in Assessment and its implications on open and distance education (ODE) in Nigeria

Innovations in Assessment and its implications on open and distance education (ODE) in Nigeria

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Innovations in Assessment and its implications on open and distance education (ODE) in Nigeria

Assessment in whatever form remains the only practical and veritable means of judging learning outcome whether in conventional system or ODE mode. In view of the role assessment plays in making decisions that affect people’,s life, its proper conduct should constantly be given all the attentions it deserves. The technology of assessment must be modern, feasible, effective and result oriented. This paper begins with a brief review of the conventional assessment techniques and practices in Nigeria pointing out some of their inadequacies. It then argues for a review of the existing techniques to enhance quality of learning outcomes. The study identified different types of innovations in assessment and their implications on student learning with particular focus on Open and Distance Education. It also X-rays the assessment innovations and practices employed by National Teachers’, Institute as the foremost ODE Institution in Nigeria that is dedicated to teacher training.

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