Lecturers across the following Faculties: Arts, Education, CHS, Dentistry, Law and Science have enhanced their face-to-face instruction with various eAssessments. These online assessment types, include ‘uploadable assignments’; and ‘online test & quizzes’ (which include question types, namely MCQ’s, True/False, Fill in the Blank, Short answer and Matching).
The online tests are mainly used to assess the student’s knowledge related to course material; specific topics/content; and the application of specific referencing techniques. The format of the test can be set as formative evaluation (test students’ knowledge related to course content); or as summative assessment (term test and open-book exams). Some of the benefits of eAssessments, include automated grading and instant student feedback/results.
Furthermore lecturers have made use of the online ‘assignment’ tool which enables students to submit documents (essays, assignments); podcasts (audio-recordings); and vodcasts (video-recordings).
In terms of assessment, research indicates that “[i]n recognition of the limitations of traditional university assessment, there is a new wave of pedagogy advocating ‘alternative assessment’ in which assessment is integrated with learning processes and real-life performance as opposed to display of inert knowledge” (McLoughlin & Luca, 2001:421). This, it should be emphasised, constitutes a “form of authentic assessment [that] is solidly based on constructivism, which recognises the learner as the chief architect of knowledge building”.
As Vonderwell, Liang, and Alderman (2007) indicated, “assessment (whether formative or summative) in online learning contexts encompasses distinct characteristics as compared to face-to-face contexts particularly due to the asynchronous nature of interactivity among the online participants (the teacher and learners). Therefore, it requires educators to rethink online pedagogy in order to achieve effective formative assessment strategies that can support meaningful (higher-order or deep) learning and its assessment” (Gikani et al., 2011).
** Please view CIECT training and support interventions for 2015 at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ozxg3oy
** Bookings should be done via the iEnabler platform, 2 days prior to the workshop.
NB: All staff members, who currently have online modules within the Chisimba platform are strongly encouraged to contact the CIECT team regarding migration processes. Hence, the eTeaching platform (Chisimba) will no longer be in use, effective immediately from 01 March 2015.
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