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Transforming assessment in higher education: A participatory approach to the development of a good practice framework for assessing student learning through social web technologies
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, , University of Melbourne ; , Monash University, Melbourne, Australia ; , Technology ; , Sciences/Department of Information Systems ; , Monash University ; , RMIT University

ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference, Publisher: Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education

Abstract

Social web technologies, such as blogs, wikis, social networking and photo/video sharing sites, are increasingly being used in innovative learning activities in higher education. While there has been much discussion about the pedagogical rationale for using social web technologies in higher education, there has been little examination of the challenges involved in assessing the work students create or the activities they undertake using these tools. The transformation of academic authoring in a social web environment poses complex and urgent assessment-related challenges for policy-makers and educators alike. In this paper we describe the participatory approach we have taken in a project that aims to identify issues and support good assessment practices when students are asked to use social web technologies in medium to high-stakes assessment. In this paper, we outline the design rationale for the research, and describe the methods used in the three stages of this project: 1) documenting current practice through a nationwide survey and interviews; 2) initiating broad discussion across the sector about the issues raised; and 3) field-testing a draft good practice framework in 17 diverse teaching and learning settings. Our initial findings indicate that there are a range of complex student, teacher and institutional issues to consider. We conclude that bottom-up input from practitioners and students, combined with a policy-driven top-down approach is more likely to succeed in bringing about transformation and supporting good practice in the assessment of students’ social web activities.

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Waycott, J., Thompson, C., Clerehan, R., Hamilton, M., Gray, K., Sheard, J. & Richardson, J. (2010). Transforming assessment in higher education: A participatory approach to the development of a good practice framework for assessing student learning through social web technologies. In Proceedings of ASCILITE - Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Annual Conference 2010 (pp. 1040-1050). Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Retrieved October 23, 2019 from .

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