Using online assessments: a journey towards good practice

Pedersen, Cec and White, Robert and Smith, Don (2011) Using online assessments: a journey towards good practice. In: Building Business Communities: Justice, Performance and Change Creating a Sustainable Scholarly Community Colloquia, 9 Nov 2011, Brisbane, Australia.

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The use of online assessment in higher education, in particular computer mediated assessment (CMA) and online quizzes, has been growing in response to pedagogical and organisational efficiency drivers and with the increasing availability of technology and online assessment software options. However, the use of online assessment is not without pedagogical challenges. The usefulness and reliability of online assessment results relates to the clarity, specificity, and articulation of assessment purposes, goals, and criteria. In achieving effective online assessment, there are certain must haves, including but not limited to assessment instruments that fit the delivery mode, and the online mode is substantially and increasingly learner-centred. Simply transferring assessment instruments from traditional modes to online is no guarantee that either learners will or will not be able to demonstrate learning or that examiners will necessarily be able to verify that students have met learning objectives. Cheating and plagiarism are two frequent, controversial issues arising in the literature and there is a view that the online mode inherently lends itself to both these practices. However, reconceptualising practice and redeveloping techniques can pave the way for an authentic assessment approach which minimizes student academic dishonesty. This presentation briefly describes selected parts of research which investigated online assessment practice in a business faculty at an Australian university and it proposes what might constitute good, sustainable practice and design in university online assessment.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
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Additional Information: USQ conference - Paper 4. Authors retain copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Management and Marketing
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2012 23:37
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2017 03:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: online assessment; cheating; collusion; online pedagogy; academic dishonesty
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220107 Professional Ethics (incl. police and research ethics)
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930104 Moral and Social Development (incl. Affect)

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