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It's not just Web 2.0, it's all about pedagogic design

"A Wikied Assessment Strategy"
Mark Atlay, Lesly Lawrence and Mark Gamble University of Bedfordshire, UK

"Using wikis for summative and formative assessment"
Dr. Marija Cubric, University of Hertfordshire, UK

Expert facilitator: Peter Kandlbinder, University of Technology Sydney, Australia - folder icon Download review

Please download case study texts by both authors by clicking the links below.

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Overview: This case study describes the assessment strategy used on a module as part of a postgraduate certificate in academic practice for tutors at HE level. The module has a focus on making the links between pedagogies and practice.

Two apparently opposing factors influenced the design of the assessment strategy. Firstly, since the participants were all academic staff (albeit with varying degrees of experience of teaching) an important aspect was to draw on participants’ own experiences and to develop the notion of collaborative learning and a community of practice (Lave and Wenger). Secondly, the nature of the subject matter, which involves extensive reading, and the geographical spread of the twenty or so participants suggested more of a distance-learning emphasis. A third factor, encouraging participants to think creatively about the assessment strategies they use for their students and their relevance to students’ needs, provided a sub-plot to the strategy implemented. The assessment strategy implemented combined the development of a collaborative Wiki with an analysis of critical incidents drawn from participants’ own practice. 

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Overview: This case study describes a wiki-based assessment strategy and the underlying “blended learning” process, that have been formulated and implemented in a series of “trials” at University of Hertfordshire Business School (Cubric, 2006;2007). The main motivation for use of wikis, was to gain regular insight into students’ understanding, so to enable more targeted and frequent feedback. The common characteristic of all (four) trials was that they were based on weekly wiki updates by students, that were triggered by tutor-set questions and assessed. The results of the trials have shown that students like the idea of using wikis for learning, particularly if supported by well-defined learning and teaching process.

Session details

A chat session was held here with the Authors and Expert Facilitator on the 29th May from  08:00 - 09:00 UK time (BST). You may view a transcript of this chat from the link below.

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The discussion forum will be open throughout the conference, and can be accessed through the 'Join the discussion' link below.


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Use the 'Join the Discussion' link to view all the posts for this session. As a taster, below are the last 5 posts for this session's discussion fora.

RE: To assess or not to assess? MarkRussell | 31/05/2007 17:35
MarkRussellSorry one of my other post should clearly have said Assessment [b]OF[/b] learning or Assessment [b]FOR[/b] learning!I think wrote OF twice!Mark
RE: wiki vs. F2F mcubric | 31/05/2007 17:04
mcubricHi Peter Agree that everything done with wikis can be done w/out wikis (F2F or traditional VLE) but it is questionable how efficient or useful that other way will be regarding "everyone can see everything" (not sure how will this work F2F?; Wiki f...
RE: How can a marker distinguish individual from collective work? mcubric | 31/05/2007 16:45
mcubric"does it really matter how the students arrive at the final result?" We need some balance her - between quantifying and non-quantifying participation. I don't think that non-quantifying it will be helpful for majority (and there are only few Enst...
RE: "Whose work is it anyway?" (Ebersbach A. et al, 2005) mcubric | 31/05/2007 16:31
mcubricHi Peter thanks for clarification; Adding to your discussion "is the student's ability to give and use of the comments also assessed?" No, apart from "should have tried to address more comments from your reviewers in the final version" type of co...
RE: How can contributors be rewarded for the quality of their contribution? mcubric | 31/05/2007 16:11
mcubricHi Lee thanks for the links! Very useful. As mentioned on the other thread - I would be interested in working together in developing a rubric for peer assessment as it seems thta there are no standard ones Keep in touch, Marija