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ERIC Number: EJ814060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
E-xams: Harnessing the Power of ICTs to Enhance Authenticity
Lam, Wing; Williams, Jeremy B.; Chua, Alton Y. K.
Educational Technology & Society, v10 n3 p209-221 2007
Within an authentic assessment regime, a student is evaluated in terms of their ability to demonstrate application of a body of knowledge to a scenario situated in an actual, or a near replica of a real-world context. At Universitas 21 Global (U21Global), a completely online graduate school backed by 16 universities from around the world, the entire pedagogical model is founded on such an approach. One unique feature of the U21Global model is its interactive examination instrument which harnesses the power of the various information and communication technologies (ICTs). This instrument, referred to as the Open-Book Open-Web (OBOW) exam, presents students with a description of a simulated business problem using multimedia. They are then asked to assume a particular role and make recommendations about how to go about solving the problem. Feedback to date indicates that students are generally very positive about OBOW exams. On the minus side, the construction of OBOW exams presents a number of challenges. Not least of these is the steep learning curve it presents for exam authors unaccustomed to working within this paradigm. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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