Designing an ideal assessment scheme for dual mode delivery

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Aravinthan, Vasantha. 2010. "Designing an ideal assessment scheme for dual mode delivery." Engineering Education Conference (EE 2010): Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers . Birmingham, United Kingdom 06 - 08 Jul 2010 Liverpool, UK.
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Designing an ideal assessment scheme for dual mode delivery

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AuthorAravinthan, Vasantha
Journal or Proceedings TitleProceedings of Engineering Education Conference (EE 2010)
ERA Conference ID42742
Number of Pages9
Year2010
Place of PublicationLiverpool, UK
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Engineering Education Conference (EE 2010): Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Abstract

Designing assessment schemes for higher level technical undergraduate courses in engineering is a challenge nowadays, especially in a changing educational environment. With more emphasis being placed on flexible learning modes and flexible assessment schemes, examiners are confronted with the review of the existing assessment schemes for the courses they teach. Traditionally, having a combination of assignments and examination has been the most popular method of assessments designed by course examiners. While different assessments give students a variety of opportunities to demonstrate their understanding of a subject, it is important to have a well-formulated assessment scheme to evaluate the students’ knowledge. When such courses are delivered for both on-campus and external students, achieving the correct balance between various assessment schemes is important while maintaining the quality of assessments. The University of Southern Queensland in Australia is reputed for its external delivery of courses where 80% of the students study through this mode. Considering two courses offered at USQ in dual mode as case-studies, this paper will highlight the main issues in reaching the right balance when designing assessment schemes, and discussing potential changes to assessment schemes to enhance student learning, as well as effective course delivery.

Keywordsassessment scheme; Australia; course delivery; dual modes; flexible assessments; Queensland; student learning; undergraduate courses
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390303. Higher education
390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
390402. Education assessment and evaluation
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Paper PO29. Copyright © 2009 Aravinthan, V: The authors assign to the EE2010 organisers and educational non-profit institutions a nonexclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to the Engineering Subject Centre to publish this document in full on the WorldWide Web (prime sites and mirrors) on flash memory drive and in printed form within the EE2010 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.

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