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Tag Archives: assessment

Student Participation in Discussion Forums

Frequently lecturers complain about the difficulty of getting students to participate in discussion forums. We are now getting close to 100% participation in a forum on reflective writing for medical students. This is part of an undergraduate module in Psychiatry. There are about 50 students in the class, which runs four times a year. WhatContinue Reading

PeerWise – Collaborative, student-generated assessment

Developing engaging learning activities for large classes of students is a challenge. PeerWise helps to address this challenge by getting students to write, discuss and evaluate assessment questions. This morning I attended a two-hour workshop on PeerWise organised by UCD Teaching and Learning. By the end of the workshop the participants had created a questionContinue Reading

UCD Presentations at EdTech

UCD presentations in the Practitioner strand at EdTech 2008 included: Blogging as a Facilitator in the Learning Process: Student Reflections on Their Information Seeking During Assessment by Crystal Fulton of the UCD School of Library and Information Studies. About 100 second-year students used blogs to record and reflect on their information searching strategies. This helpedContinue Reading

EdTech 2008 Review

The EdTech 2008 conference presentations have been published on the ILTA web site. They are divided into three strands practitioner, research and postgraduate with the bulk of the presentations (29 out of 45) being practitioner papers. Being one of the organisers I did not have time to blog at the conference but I can recallContinue Reading

Abolishing Exams?

The Times Higher Education reports on plans by Gloucestershire University to abolish most exams and replace them with course work. According to Professor of Education, Patricia Broadfoot, exams lead students to take a strategic approach to their education rather than engaging with the subject, while the use of coursework should excite students and facilitate learning.Continue Reading