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Introducing computer-marked tests in an online Financial Accounting course: patterns in academic performance and approaches to assessment design

Ramanau, Ruslan; Hughes, Jane and Grayson, Paul (2020). Introducing computer-marked tests in an online Financial Accounting course: patterns in academic performance and approaches to assessment design. Advances in Accounting Education, 24 (In Press).

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Abstract

In the last two decades online computer-marked assignments (CMAs) have been widely used in accounting education. Although there is a growing body of research on this form of online assessment, most of the previous studies relied on small samples of respondents or focused on student self-report using survey methods. This exploratory mixed-method study aims to combine a quantitative analysis of learners’ academic performance on an online Financial Accounting course with a more in-depth exploration of learner experiences using qualitative methods. The quantitative findings suggest that student previous educational qualifications, age and experience of studying a similar subject are strongly associated with CMA completion, which is also linked to scores on other pieces of assessed work. The qualitative results show that from the learners’ perspective, diversifying assessment methods, introducing low-stakes assessment activities and creating opportunities for situational interest are viewed as key aspects of online CMA design. The paper concludes with discussing the implications of the study for designing and delivering online courses in accounting, particularly in the light of the growing popularity of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

Item Type: Journal Item
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business > Department for People and Organisations
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) > Business
Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)
Research Group: Centre for Research and Innovation in Online Legal and Business Education (SCiLAB)
Item ID: 68660
Depositing User: Ruslan Ramanau
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2020 13:38
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2020 20:38
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/68660
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