Engaging with assessment: increasing student engagement through continuous assessment

HOLMES, Naomi (2016). Engaging with assessment: increasing student engagement through continuous assessment. Active Learning in Higher Education. (In Press)

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Abstract

Student engagement is intrinsically linked to two important metrics in learning: student satisfaction and the quality of the student experience. One of the ways that engagement can be influenced is through careful curriculum design. Using the knowledge that many students are ‘assessment-driven’ a low stakes continuous weekly summative e-assessment was introduced to a module. The impact this had on student engagement was measured by studying student activity within the module virtual learning environment (VLE). It was found that introduction of the e-assessments led to a significant increase in VLE activity compared to the VLE activity in that module the previous year, and also compared to the VLE activity of two other modules studied by the same student cohort. As many institutions move towards greater blended or online deliveries it will become more important to ensure that VLEs encourage high levels of student engagement in order to maintain or enhance the student experience. Keywords : continuous assessment, learning analytics, student engagement, virtual learning environment.

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Naomi Holmes
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 13:05
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2016 14:26
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11578

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