Welcome to H-World, a network for practitioners of world history. The list gives emphasis to research, to teaching, and to the connections between research and teaching.
I tried to do away with testing in my online courses a few years ago, but have since returned to it. My face to face 100 level World History courses are organized as a lecture/discussion blend (class size is limited to 30) over secondary and primary sources (I like the Reilly Reader "Worlds of History" for this purpose). These courses are writing intensive and the mid term and final exams are 4-8 page essays based on the documents we have been discussing in class.