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ERIC Number: EJ1020694
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1832-8342
Reading Students' Minds: Design Assessment in Distance Education
Jones, Derek
Journal of Learning Design, v7 n1 p27-39 2014
This paper considers the design of assessment for students of design according to behaviourist versus experiential pedagogical approaches, relating these to output-oriented as opposed to process-oriented assessment methods. It is part case study and part recognition of the importance of process in design education and how this might be applied in other disciplines generally, through the use of visual thinking and assessment. Making use of experience gained from The Open University's entry level design course, U101: Design Thinking, the main assessment software (CompendiumDS) is described and presented as an alternative to "convergent endpoint" artefacts of assessment. It is argued that the software and assessment design allow the evaluation of "unseen thinking", providing an immediate focus on process rather than deterministic or behaviourist outcomes alone. Moreover, this evaluation can be applied at scale, without extensive changes to existing systems and may offer a compromise between measuring outcomes and the value of student-centred learning experiences.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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