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Chinese whispers? Investigating the consistency of the language of assessment between a distance education institution, its tutors and students

Hills, Laura; Clarke, Anactoria; Hughes, Jonathan; Butcher, John; Shelton, Isobel and McPherson, Elaine (2018). Chinese whispers? Investigating the consistency of the language of assessment between a distance education institution, its tutors and students. Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning, 33(3) pp. 238–349.

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Abstract

Ensuring the fairness of assessment is important in all areas of Higher Education, but particularly so in distance education, where the communication around assessment and feedback is a principal method of supporting learning, and even more so when the students are at the entry point into Higher Education. This research explores the nature of the language used in explaining the purpose and process of assessment on an Access programme at The Open University UK from the perspective of the module team, the tutors and the students. It takes a qualitative approach to examining the clarity and consistency of assessment tasks, assessment guidance and tutor marking guidelines. Analysis revealed inconsistencies in the language used in relation to assessment, which has led to a revision of how assessment tasks and guidance are communicated to students and tutors.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Open University
ISSN: 0268-0513
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Language of assessment projectNot SetThe Open University (OU)
Keywords: assessment; inclusive language; marking guidelines; Access to Higher Education; widening participation
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Other Departments > Centre for Inclusion and Collaborative Partnerships (CICP)
Other Departments
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Environment, Earth and Ecosystem Sciences
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 55098
Depositing User: Laura Hills
Date Deposited: 22 May 2018 14:22
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 09:33
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/55098
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