Online Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

Online Learning and Assessment in Higher Education

A Planning Guide

1st Edition - July 15, 2010

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  • Authors: Robyn Benson, Charlotte Brack
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780631653
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345770

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Description

The use of e-learning strategies in teaching is becoming increasingly popular, particularly in higher education. Online Learning and Assessment in Higher Education recognises the key decisions that need to be made by lecturers in order to introduce e-learning into their teaching. An overview of the tools for e-learning is provided, including the use of Web 2.0 and the issues surrounding the use of e-learning tools such as resources and support and institutional policy. The second part of the book focuses on e-assessment; design principles, different forms of online assessment and the benefits and limitations of e-assessment.

Key Features

  • Provides an accessible introduction to teaching with technology
  • Addresses the basic aspects of decision-making for successful introduction of e-learning, drawing on relevant pedagogical principles from contemporary learning theories
  • Crosses boundaries between the fields of higher education and educational technology (within the discipline of education), drawing on discourse from both areas

Readership

Academic staff in higher education who are new to teaching, or new to teaching with technology

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Acknowledgements

    List of figures and tables

    About the authors

    Chapter 1: Where to start

    Introduction

    How students learn

    What is good teaching practice in higher education?

    What are the characteristics of your students?

    What are your characteristics as a teacher?

    The learning and teaching context

    Identifying the learning objectives

    Reconceptualising your teaching

    Illustrating the ideas in this chapter ...

    Summary

    Chapter 2: Teaching with technology - considering your options

    Introduction

    Technology affordances and learning outcomes

    Institutional policy and infrastructure

    The evolution of internet technologies for learning and assessment

    First generation internet technologies: options for interaction

    First generation internet technologies: options for managing content

    Web 2.0 and other new options for interaction

    Web 2.0 and other new options for managing content

    Even newer options …

    Student support

    Management and administrative issues

    Deciding your options

    Illustrating the ideas in this chapter …

    Summary

    Chapter 3: Online learning design and development

    Introduction

    Theories and models guiding online learning design

    Aligning learning objectives, activities and assessment

    Designing online learning activities, resources and support

    Interaction between users: online discussion activities

    Interaction between users: activities using other communication forms

    Interaction with content

    Creation of content: individual and group activities

    Giving activity feedback: principles, options and issues

    Developing your design

    General student support issues

    Managing and administering online learning

    Illustrating the ideas in this chapter …

    Summary

    Chapter 4: Online assessment

    Introduction

    Why assess?

    Who assesses?

    Some aspects of assessment design

    Using the online environment for assessment

    Quizzes for summative assessment

    Supporting students

    Managing and administering assessment

    Illustrating the ideas in this chapter …

    Summary

    Chapter 5: Evaluation

    Introduction

    Some evaluation concepts

    Evaluation and online learning design, development and implementation

    Designing your evaluation plan

    Managing, reporting and acting on the evaluation

    Acting on the evaluation

    Illustrating the ideas in this chapter …

    Summary

    Chapter 6: Conclusion

    Introduction

    Introducing online learning and assessment – a brief review

    Accommodating emerging technologies

    Illustrating the ideas in this chapter …

    Summary

    Chapter 7: Introducing online learning and assessment - a planning guide

    References

    Index

Product details

  • No. of pages: 224
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Chandos Publishing 2010
  • Published: July 15, 2010
  • Imprint: Chandos Publishing
  • eBook ISBN: 9781780631653
  • Paperback ISBN: 9781843345770

About the Authors

Robyn Benson

Dr Benson is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Design and e-Learning at Monash University, Australia. She has an extensive background in adult education, distance education and the use of educational technologies in higher education. She has initiated the design and development of many ‘workbooks’ to support academic professional development workshops on aspects of teaching, and to act as standalone resources for staff. Recent workbooks have included an orientation to educational design and e-learning, and covered specific issues relating to online communication and online assessment.

Charlotte Brack

Dr Brack has educational design experience at Melbourne and Deakin Universities in Australia, and currently works at Monash University. She has an academic background in biochemistry and pursued research and teaching in the discipline before becoming increasingly interested in the challenges and theories of teaching and learning. She approaches online technologies from a functional perspective, incorporating social software (blogs, wikis, podcasting, etc.) and using their networking potential where this contributes positively to the learning and teaching experience.

Affiliations and Expertise

Monash University, Australia

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