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Creating first-year assessment support: lecturer perspectives and student access


Dargusch, J and Harris, LR and Reid-Searl, K and Reid-Searl, KA, Creating first-year assessment support: lecturer perspectives and student access, Distance Education, 38, (1) pp. 106-122. ISSN 1475-0198 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2017 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1080/01587919.2017.1299566


While online courses provide opportunities for a range of assessment tools and resources, little is known about how lecturers might best provide assessment cues to support diverse cohorts. This study explored how lecturers communicate messages about assessment expectations to first-year students in two courses at an Australian regional university (Nursing, n = 323; Engineering, n = 153), and how students accessed the assessment resources. A comparative case study methodology was used. Data included interviews with course coordinators to identify the assessment cues provided, course online content related to assessment and data recording student access of assessment resources. Diverse messaging systems were observed and verbal and written cues were abundant and embedded throughout both courses; however, not all students accessed all cues. What remains unclear is how students might bring together these cues in a productive way. Further research must explore the extent to which students can be better supported to improve their learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Assessment; first-year online; cue consciousness; scaffolding
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Reid-Searl, K (Professor Kerry Reid-Searl)
ID Code:153885
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2022-10-13
Last Modified:2022-11-09

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