"How many legs does a dog have?" - Continuous online assessment in the Life Sciences



Alston, Peter
(2015) "How many legs does a dog have?" - Continuous online assessment in the Life Sciences. In: 2015 SOLSTICE Conference, 2015-06-04 - 2015-06-05, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Lancashire.

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Abstract

It is becoming more commonplace in higher education for teaching, learning and assessment to be delivered in the online environment. There a variety of reasons for this, in part due to the numerous benefits afforded to both tutors and learners. This study explores the challenges faced by a group life science tutors at a UK university when implementing a continuous assessment strategy within an online environment. Adopting a phenomenological approach, interviews were conducted with nine tutors who have experience of implementing continuous and/or online assessments. Analysis indicates that there are several aspects that influence the delivery of continuous assessment in an online environment: 1) the purpose of assessment; 2) devising and managing assessment; 3) professional development; and 4) assessment in an online environment. For those adopting a continuous assessment approach in an online environment, it is crucial that tutors are aware of a range of assessment methods that help to promote self-regulated learning amongst students, through the delivery of personalised and detailed feedback in a timely manner.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2015 09:56
Last Modified: 08 May 2020 07:10
URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/2016465

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