The yin/yang of innovative technology enhanced assessment for promoting student learning.

Hutchings, M., Quinney, A., Galvin, K. T. and Clark, V., 2012. The yin/yang of innovative technology enhanced assessment for promoting student learning. In: European Conference on E-Learning ECEL, 11th, , 26--27 October 2012, Groningen, Netherlands, 230 - 237 .

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While mo re sophisticated and constructively aligned assessment is encouraged to promote higher level learning, it is easier to assess knowledge and comprehension than critical thinking and making judgements (Bryan & Clegg 2006). Managing the logistics and resource s required for assessing large numbers of students challenges the ethos of placing students at the heart of the learning process and helping them take responsibility for their own learning. The introduction of innovative technology enhanced assessment stra tegies contests our understanding of the purposes of assessment and affords opportunities for more integrated and personalised approa ches to learning and assessment across disciplines. This paper will examine the design, implementation and impacts of inno vative assessment strategies forming an integral part of a collaborative lifeworld - led transprofessional curriculum delivered to cohorts of 600 students in health and social work using technology to connect learners to wide - ranging, humanising perspectives on evidence for guiding practice. Innovative assessment technologies included group blogs, multiple choice electronic or computer assisted assessment (CAA), and an audience response system (ARS) affording combinations of assessment for learning and assess ment of learning. We will explore, through analys es of student assessment experie nces and student and staff evaluations, how these innovative assessment approaches contribute to effective and efficient blended education enabling students to enhance their practice through promoting and developing critical thinking and reflection for judgement - based practice (Polkinghorne 2004) . Secondly, we will debate the yin and yang of contrasting and connecting values associated with the controlled, systematic measurem ent and objectivity of multiple choice assessments, compared with the formative, iterative and subjective nature of reflective blog ging. We will consider relationships between teaching and learning strategies and experiences , breadth and depth of knowledge , passive and active approaches to learning, efficiency and effectiveness, individual and group , multiple choice and discursive assessment s , face - to - face and online, on - campus and off - campus learning and assessment experi e nces .

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