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Immersive Assessment — Can online assessment be made personal?


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Stewart, C 2013 , 'Immersive Assessment — Can online assessment be made personal?', paper presented at the THETA: The Higher Education Technology Agenda 2013, 7-10 April 2013, Hobart, Tasmania.

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Assessment is often thought of as being “on the edge of the learning world”. Too often
it is the after thought rather than the first thought. Let’s reposition assessment, pulling it
back from the edge and making it central to learning. Social media and web
technologies make it possible to structure activities where the task and process of
learning link assessment and learning goals. Timely feedback provided by students as
well as lecturers becomes the teaching process. Choice of technologies and learning
strategies relate directly to the integrated assessment task and the learner initiated
identification of tasks and sub-tasks to complete the assignment. Immersive assessment
is personal in that the learner engages with real-world problems associated with their
own context, taking on the role of problem-solver from their own unique perspective.
This paper argues for authentic teaching through assessment, where learners are
encouraged to wrangle with complex situations engaging fully with their metacognitive

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Authors/Creators:Stewart, C
Keywords: THETA, authentic assessment, online learning, distance education, metacognitive process
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Copyright 2013 THETA: The Higher Education Technology Agenda

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