Encouraging learning through external engineering assessment

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Parsons, D.. 2007. "Encouraging learning through external engineering assessment." Australasian Journal of Engineering Education. 13 (2), pp. 21-30.
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Encouraging learning through external engineering assessment

ERA Journal ID40310
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AuthorParsons, D.
Journal TitleAustralasian Journal of Engineering Education
Journal Citation13 (2), pp. 21-30
Number of Pages10
Year2007
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1324-5821
1325-4340
Web Address (URL)http://www.engineersmedia.com.au/journals/aaee/a2index.html
Abstract

Examinations are commonly used at the end of teaching periods as major components of assessment for external engineering students because they are the only assessment mechanism which examiners can be reasonably sure are completed by students acting alone. However the literature suggests that examinations are flawed instruments of assessment for many reasons, not least because they encourage poor approaches to learning but also because they no not allow useful feedback to students. This paper reports on a trial of assignment-based assessment, details of which are sufficiently complex and diverse that they encourage individual work by students, both in course content and in other graduate attributes.

Keywordsassessment; examinations; graduate attributes; student learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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