How technology shapes assessment design: findings from a study of university teachers

Bennett, Sue, Dawson, Phillip, Bearman, Margaret, Molloy, Elizabeth and Boud, David (2017) How technology shapes assessment design: findings from a study of university teachers. British Journal of Educational Technology, 48 (2). pp. 672-682. ISSN 0007-1013

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Abstract

A wide range of technologies has been developed to enhance assessment, but adoption has been inconsistent. This is despite assessment being critical to student learning and certification. To understand why this is the case and how it can be addressed, we need to explore the perspectives of academics responsible for designing and implementing technology-supported assessment strategies. This paper reports on the experience of designing technology-supported assessment based on interviews with 33 Australian university teachers. The findings reveal the desire to achieve greater efficiencies and to be contemporary and innovative as key drivers of technology adoption for assessment. Participants sought to shape student behaviors through their designs and made adaptations in response to positive feedback and undesirable outcomes. Many designs required modification because of a lack of appropriate support, leading to compromise and, in some cases, abandonment. These findings highlight the challenges to effective technology-supported assessment design and demonstrate the difficulties university teachers face when attempting to negotiate mixed messages within institutions and the demands of design work. We use these findings to suggest opportunities to improve support by offering pedagogical guidance and technical help at critical stages of the design process and encouraging an iterative approach to design.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Version of record online: 12 April 2016
Research Areas: A. > Work and Learning Research Centre
Item ID: 21407
Notes on copyright: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Bennett, S., Dawson, P., Bearman, M., Molloy, E. and Boud, D. (2017), How technology shapes assessment design: Findings from a study of university teachers. Br J Educ Technol, 48: 672–682. doi:10.1111/bjet.12439, which has been published in final form at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12439. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving
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Depositing User: Louis Van Baelen
Date Deposited: 28 Feb 2017 16:21
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 13:23
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/21407

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