Alternative to the essay to promote greater depth of learning

NORTCLIFFE, Anne (2006). Alternative to the essay to promote greater depth of learning. In: Higher Education Research Network, Sheffield Hallam University, 2006. Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Hallam University, 39-50. (Unpublished)

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The traditional form of assessment using an essay can encourage students to adopt a surface approach to learning. With the growth of the Internet, a number of students commit plagiarism in generation of the essay. So what are students learning? We academics hope to inspire learning, encourage a deep level learning of a subject. There is a need for alternative methods of assessment that promote deep learning. This paper will present the results of and analysis of an assessment method that requires the students to understand a topic area and therefore test the hypothesis that deep learning of a subject is achieved. The assessment task reported here requires the students to comprehensively research a subject area of a module and prepare 5 multi-choice or match questions to be used in a sample phase test for their peers.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Food Innovation
Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Centre for Pedagogic Research and Innovation
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Science, Technology and Arts > Department of Engineering and Mathematics
Page Range: 39-50
Depositing User: Anne Nortcliffe
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 11:24
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 08:08

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