Assessment & feedback Literature Review


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Reference List for the presentation by Dr Ann Ooms and Hendrik van der Sluis, Kingston University, at the "Improving Assessment and Feedback Practices in a Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Environment: Theory and Practice" Event, 19th May 2010 at Kingston University. Part of the "Higher Education Academy : Evidence Based Practice Seminar Series 2010"

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Assessment & feedback Literature Review

  1. 1. Improving Assessment and Feedback Practices in a Technology-Enhanced Teaching and Learning Environment: An Overview of the Literature Dr Ann Ooms, Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences Kingston University and St. George’s University of London Hendrik van der Sluis, Academic Development Centre Kingston University References Quoted in the Presentation Ames, C. (1992). Classrooms: Goals, structures, and student motivation. Journal of Educational Psychology, 84, 3, 261-271. Bangert-Drowns, R.L., Kulick, J.A., and Morgan, M.T. (1991). The instructional effect of feedback in test-like events. Review of Educational Research, 61, 2, 213-238. Bell, B. (1995). Interviewing: A technique for assessing science knowledge. In S. Glynn & R. Duit (Eds.), Learning Science in Schools: research reforming practice. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Bell, B. and Cowie, B. (2001). The Characteristics of Formative Assessment in Science Education, Science Education, 85, 536–553. Bennington, A. (2007) Stick It in Your Ear: Keeping Current with Podcasts ONLINE, May 2007 issue, viewed 20 September 2007, Billett, S. (1996) Towards a Model of Workplace Learning: The learning curriculum. Studies in Continuing Education, 18, 1, 43-58. Black, P., and Wiliam, D. (1998a). Assessment and classroom learning. Assessment in Education, 5 (1): 7-74. Black, P. and Wiliam, D. (1998b). Inside the black box: Raising standards through classroom assessment. Phi Delta Kappan, 80 (2): 139-148. (Available online: Boulos, M, Maramba, I & Wheeler, S (2006). Wikis, blogs and podcasts: a new generation of Web-based tools for virtual collaborative clinical practice and education, BMC Medical Education, vol. 6, available at, accessed 10 October 2008. Boyle J.T. and Nicol, D.J., (2003). Using classroom communication systems to support interaction and discussion in large class settings, Association for Learning Technology Journal, 11(3), 43-57. Brittain S, Glowacki P, Van Ittersum J, Johnson L. (2006) “Podcasting Lectures.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Vol. 29 No. 3, 24–31, available at, accessed 13 October 2008. Bruner, J. (1960) Acts of Meaning. Cambridge, MS, Harvard University Press. Buchanan, T. (2000). The Efficacy of a World-Wide Web Mediated Formative
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