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Assessment worlds colliding? Negotiating between discourses of assessment on an online open course

Hills, Laura and Hughes, Jonathan (2016). Assessment worlds colliding? Negotiating between discourses of assessment on an online open course. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-learning, 31(2) pp. 108–115.

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Using the badged open course, Taking your first steps into Higher Education, this case study examines how assessment on online open courses draws on concepts of assessment used within formal and informal learning. Our experience was that assessment used within open courses, such as massive open online courses, is primarily determined by the requirements of quality assurance processes to award a digital badge or statement of participation as well as what is technologically possible. However, this disregards much recent work in universities that use assessment in support of learning. We suggest that designers of online open courses should pay greater attention to the relationship of assessment and learning to improve participant course completion.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2016 The Open University
ISSN: 1469-9958
Keywords: open online course; informal learning; assessment; badging; MOOC
Academic Unit/School: Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI) > Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
Learning Teaching and Innovation (LTI)
Other Departments > Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)
Other Departments
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 48268
Depositing User: Laura Hills
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2017 11:17
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2017 08:17
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