2013

PME 37, Kiel, Germany

By |August 2nd, 2013|2013, Presentations|0 Comments

A definition for effective assessment and implications on computer-aided assessment practice

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Conference
PME 37
Dates
28 July — 2 August 2013
Location
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel, Germany

Abstract

For a decade, computer-aided assessment (CAA) has been used extensively with first-year mathematics and engineering undergraduates studying mathematics modules at the institution under investigation.

This project sought to evaluate the effectiveness of CAA. Using assessment literature and activity theory to frame the study, this paper explores the aims of assessment and what it means for assessment to be “effective”: it proposes a definition for effective assessment and discusses whether CAA can be considered effective assessment by this definition.

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BERA event, Institute of Education, London

By |May 10th, 2013|2013, Presentations|0 Comments

Effective assessment in higher education: a cultural-historical activity theoretical perspective

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Conference
HE and CHAT BERA SiG Event
Date
10 May 2013
Location
Institute of Education, University of London, London

Abstract

The project, overall, is an evaluation of a computer-aided assessment (CAA) system for mathematics and engineering undergraduates.

In order to perform such an evaluation, there requires a set of standards or criteria against which the assessment can be compared. For this project, we have developed a “definition for effective assessment” that considers aspects of the assessment literature and cultural historical activity theory. The evaluation will be performed against this definition. This presentation examines

  • why creating such a definition was necessary;
  • how cultural historical activity theory and assessment literature has informed the nature of the definition; and
  • how the definition has been used to evaluate the CAA system for two cases.

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