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Presentation delivered by Phil Butcher (OU) at eAssessment Scotland 2010

Presentation delivered by Phil Butcher (OU) at eAssessment Scotland 2010


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  • 1. E-assessment and the independent learner Phil Butcher OU E-assessment adviser September 2010
  • 2. Student views
    • “ Interactive assessment (is) a particularly good
    • learning tool, if you are getting the answer wrong it
    • doesn’t give you the answer right away but gently
    • coaches you till you get it right yourself.”
    • “ You don't always appreciate what you’re reading
    • and its significance, until you try and apply it. ”
  • 3. E-assessment for learning
    • The Open University’s starting position
    • Our students study independently
    • … at home
    • … with a variety of work and study patterns
    • … they may be in different time zones
    • We have sufficiently large student numbers
    • … to invest in computing and network infrastructure
    • … to invest in writing e-assessments
    • … with feedback
    • We have lots of reference material online and in print.
  • 4. E-assessment for learning
    • The Open University seeks to use technology that is in the home
    • … 1987 personal computers at home
    • … 1998 interactive multimedia on CD
    • … 2002 first use of e-assessment
    • … 2005 current version of OpenMark
    • adopted Moodle as the institutional VLE
  • 5. Conditions in which assessment supports learning ( Gibbs and Simpson 2004 )
    • Assessed tasks capture sufficient study time and effort.
    • These tasks distribute student effort evenly across topics and weeks.
    • These tasks engage students in productive learning activity.
    • Assessment communicates clear and high expectations to students.
    • Sufficient feedback is provided, both often enough and in enough detail.
    • The feedback is provided quickly enough to be useful to students.
    • Feedback focuses on learning rather than on marks or students themselves.
    • Feedback is linked to the purpose of the assignment and to criteria.
    • Feedback is understandable to students, given their sophistication.
    • Feedback is received by students and attended to.
    • Feedback is acted upon by students to improve their work or learning.
  • 6. E-assessment for learning
    • Four guiding principles behind OpenMark
    • The emphasis placed on feedback.
    • Allowing multiple attempts.
    • The breadth of interactions supported.
    • The design for anywhere, anytime use.
  • 7. The emphasis placed on feedback
  • 8. Before we go any further
    • Feedback is harder to write than the question or the correct answer.
    • How many students will need it?
    • So how much effort do you put into it?
  • 9. The emphasis placed on feedback
    • S104 – iCMA49 – Question 4 - 2009
  • 10. The emphasis placed on feedback and marks!
    • S104 – iCMA49 – Question 4 - 2009
  • 11. The emphasis placed on feedback and marks!
    • The proportions of students who score 0, 1, 2 or 3 marks per question for several S104 iCMAs.
  • 12. The emphasis placed on feedback and marks!
    • Distribution of scores based on first attempt, first two attempts and all attempts for a typical S104 iCMA.
  • 13. Pertinence to distance learning
    • Instant and personalised feedback
      • … which leads to future learning
      • … randomization allows re-use
    • Economies of scale
    • Available 24/7
    • Controlled marking and feedback quality
    • Linkage via ‘reports’ and a ‘gradebook’ to targetted support (self and teacher monitoring)
  • 14. OU e-assessment usage
  • 15. OU impact on Moodle Quiz
    • OU Moodle has had full feedback, multiple attempts and better navigation since 2008
    • OpenMark integration since 2009
    • These features are being added to Moodle 2.1 and will be widely available from 2011
    • Moodle Gradebook and Quiz Reports re-writes were also OU sponsored
  • 16. Phil Butcher [email_address] More interactive examples with feedback http://www.open.ac.uk/colmsct/projects/icma http://www.open.ac.uk/openmarkexamples Where we have reached with Moodle http://labspace.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3484
  • 17. A showcase of projects supported in OpenMark
    • For interactive demonstrations please visit the websites on the previous slide.
    • The presentation at eAssessment Scotland used live demonstrations. The following slides are provided for any reader of this Powerpoint presentation.
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