The role of assessment in developing potentials for student learning: multiple perspectives on undergraduate distance and online course assessment practices at an Australian university

Moore, Teresa and Danaher, Patrick Alan and Harreveld, R. E. (Bobby) (2007) The role of assessment in developing potentials for student learning: multiple perspectives on undergraduate distance and online course assessment practices at an Australian university. In: 12th Biennial Conference for Research on Learning and Instruction: Developing Potentials for Learning, 28 August-1 Sept 2007, Budapest, Hungary. (Unpublished)

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Aims: キTo map current assessment practices and tasks in the university’s undergraduate distance and online courses. キTo conduct a theoretically informed analysis of those practices and tasks. キTo generate a set of evidence-based recommendations for the refinement of those practices and tasks and the dissemination of the findings of that analysis. Research questions: キWhat was the range of assumptions and attitudes underpinning the academics’ assessment practices and tasks in the selected undergraduate distance and online courses at Central Queensland University? キHow did those assumptions and attitudes create and constrain assessment as a crucial element of student learning? Methodology: The study’s methodology was centred on the planning and enactment of a single, exploratory case study (Yin, 2002, 2003), guided by appropriate ethical procedures. Analysis: Gee’s (1996a, 1996b) ‘Big D/little d’ D/discourse theory was the method used to analyse the results of the review of the course profiles and the interview transcripts. This method is attentive to the underpinning organising structures as well as the ‘language bits’ that reflect individuals’ and groups’ worldviews.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Not published, therefore no copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Patrick Danaher
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 06 May 2008 03:01
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: assessment, Australia, Central Queensland University, distance education, learning, online education, undergraduate
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/3235

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