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The Role of Assessment in MOOCs -
Exploring the Challenges.
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Rationale
The aim of this project is to
critically eva...
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• Audio 1.
Hello, welcome to my H818 project. My name is Heather Bloodworth and I am a university
lecture...
• Audio 3.
A scoping exercise will be undertaken to elicit the breadth and depth of the different
MOOC assessment strategi...
Sources
• Balfour, S. (2013) ‘Assessing writing in MOOCs:
automated essay scoring and calibrated peer review’,
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Assessments in MOOC

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This is an overview of my project for the Open University H818 e-learning conference on the 9th of February - come and join me

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Assessments in MOOC

  1. 1. The Role of Assessment in MOOCs - Exploring the Challenges. Audio 2 Rationale The aim of this project is to critically evaluate the emerging trends in MOOC formative and summative assessment and their application in supporting student learning. The Author Heather Bloodworth H818 Module Theme: Inclusion Audio 3 The Process • A scoping exercise to elicit the breadth and depth of different MOOC assessment strategies currently in use. • A formal evaluation of the various strategies to identify the strengths and weaknesses. Audio 5 Outcome The findings will be presented to the MOOC’s design team so that the relevant assessment and feedback strategy can be incorporated into the new study skills MOOC Join me at the H818 Online Conference Feb 9th 2017 Audio 1 - Background to the project Audio 4 YouTube Video
  2. 2. Audio Transcript • Audio 1. Hello, welcome to my H818 project. My name is Heather Bloodworth and I am a university lecturer in Health. My project title is the role of assessments in MOOC’s – exploring the challenges. First of all what I want to do is to give you the background to this project. My department is currently developing a study skills course that will be open to everyone. However, we also want to target students who want to commence a health-related postgraduate course but need to develop their study skills prior to this. I have been tasked with looking at the assessment strategy within this course. • Audio 2. The aim of this project is to critically evaluate the emerging trends in MOOC formative and summative assessment and their application in supporting student learning. According to Cowen (2005) “assessment defines academic standard and the quality of our assessment practices ultimately defines the quality of our graduates”. It is therefore imperative that we get this right. Most MOOCs offer some form of assessment strategy that may include: automated grading, peer review, discussion board or blogs. For the purpose of this project, the American Council of Education’s Journal - research, practice in assessment will be utilised as it has several pertinent articles that relate to assessment.
  3. 3. • Audio 3. A scoping exercise will be undertaken to elicit the breadth and depth of the different MOOC assessment strategies currently in use and then a formal evaluation of the various evaluation strategies will be done to identify their various strengths and weaknesses. • Audio 4. This YouTube video gives us an insight into some of the issues that designers/ lecturers face when trying to find suitable assessment methods that can be incorporated/integrated into a MOOC. • Audio 5. Finally, I will be presenting my project and its findings, not only to the local MOOC design team but also to the H818 online conference on the 9th February.
  4. 4. Sources • Balfour, S. (2013) ‘Assessing writing in MOOCs: automated essay scoring and calibrated peer review’, Research & Practice in Assessment, vol. 8 , pp 40-48 [online] Available at http://rpajournal.com/dev/wp- content/uploads/2013/05/SF4.pdf (last accessed 2 December 2016). • Sandee, C. (2013) ‘Assessment’s place in the new MOOC world’, Research &Practice in Assessment, vol. 8,pp 5-11[online]. Available at http://www.rpajournal.com/dev/wp- content/uploads/2013/05/SF1.pdf. (last accessed 2 December 2016). • • Cowan, J. (2005) ‘Designing assessment to enhance student learning’[online]. Available at http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/ps/documents/pr actice_guides/practice_guides/ ps0069_designing_assessment_to_improve_physical _sciences_learning accessed (last accessed 13 Dec 2016). Accessibility This poster has been designed in a multimedia format to increase accessibility. The background and font have been chosen in line with the http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/ guidelines and an audio recording has also been incorporated to explain the project in more depth. The poster can also be accessed in alternative formats by clicking on the hyperlinks below. Slide Share: http://www.slideshare.net/HeatherBloodworth/edit_my_uploads PowToon: https://www.powtoon.com/online- presentation/fRYaEoQ2WRk/?mode=movie#/ Affiliation Heather Bloodworth Lecturer in Nursing School of Healthcare Science Bangor University Gwynedd North Wales

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