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Mary rice dale holt and jan fermelis deakin university

Issues arising from the implementation of a comprehensive assessment approach in a large multi-modal unit

Mary Rice, Dale Holt and Jan Fermelis

Deakin University


Context
Context assessment approach in a large multi-modal unit

  • MMH299 - core semester B. Com unit at Deakin University,

  • Multi-campus, multi-modal - off-campus nationally and internationally

  • About1200 students enrolled in 2002, 600 each semester - increased to 800 in 2003

  • Aims: broaden students’ understandings of complexity of communication and develop ability to communicate in many business contexts


Assessment approach
Assessment approach assessment approach in a large multi-modal unit

  • Teacher assessment

  • Peer and self-assessment

  • Individual and group work

  • Oral and written presentations

  • Portfolios and journals


Issues
Issues assessment approach in a large multi-modal unit

  • Changing students’ perceptions of the nature of assessment

  • Increasing students’ understandings of meaning and value of assessment tasks

  • Achieving the intent of assessment tasks

  • How should undergraduate students be assessed?


Issues1
Issues assessment approach in a large multi-modal unit

  • Group assessment work

  • Plagiarism

  • Tension between consistency and equity in assessment and catering for diverse student cohorts

  • Tension between staff workloads and quality assessment practices


Discussion questions
Discussion questions assessment approach in a large multi-modal unit

  • Given the ubiquitous nature of information dissemination, and the fact that the trend towards plagiarism is a cultural phenomenon not confined to academia, are we losing the battle?

  • How might the use of information and communications technology help to address some of the issues experienced in large classes with diverse cohorts?