Demystifying assessment with 'bells and whistles' in a first year communication course

Sankey, Michael and Kiernan, Eleanor (2006) Demystifying assessment with 'bells and whistles' in a first year communication course. In: 5th Evaluations and Assessment Conference, 30 Nov - 01 Dec 2006, Perth, Australia.


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This paper reports on the use of multimedia technology to help students (particularly external students) understand the requirements and processes involved in two linked pieces of assessment in a first year undergraduate communication core course. The use of a CD for course materials linked to a wider Transmodal environment at the University of Southern Queensland attempts to give the students greater access to resources via a variety of modal channels beyond a static written presentation. Research to date suggests that many students are finding the interactive elements of the Transmodal environment helpful in breaking down the requirements of assessment items. This case study investigates two linked pieces of assessment (preliminary plan Assignment 1 and final essay Assignment 3). Some of the multimedia elements used to support these assignments items are described in the paper to reveal that 'bells and whistles' can be more than novelty attention-grabbers but can give practical and clear guidance to students as they approach their assessment.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain the copyright of their paper/s.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Learning and Teaching Support Unit
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: multimedia, transmodal delivery, external students
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation

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