A randomised control study about the effects of different assessment registration encouragements

Herodotou, Christothea; Heiser, Sarah and Rienties, Bart (2016). A randomised control study about the effects of different assessment registration encouragements. In: 8th Biennial conference of EARLI Sig 1: Assessment & Evaluation, 24-26 Aug 2016, Munich, Germany.

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Abstract

Despite their potential to robustly evaluate the effects of educational interventions, Randomised Control Trials (RCTs) in education, particularly in assessment and evaluation in blended or distance learning studies, are scarce. This proposal reports the implementation of a RCT to evaluate the effectiveness of a short-scale intervention (i.e., motivational encouragement) which aimed to improve students' attendance of final exam, completion and pass rates in four online language courses. Results revealed that the specific intervention was not adequate to improve students' performance and attendance. More studies are needed to identify the types of interventions that would elicit positive learning outcomes. To assist practitioners with the implementation of RCTs in education, a learning analytics framework (Analytics4Action Evaluation Framework) is described.

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