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Colthorpe, Kay; Sharifirad, Tania; Ainscough, Louise; Anderson, Stephen; Zimbardi, Kirsten – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
To succeed at post-secondary education, it is essential that students develop an understanding of their own knowledge and learning processes. This metacognition of learning, or "meta-learning," helps students to become more effective learners, as they become more aware of their self-regulatory processes and recognise the effectiveness of…
Descriptors: Prompting, Undergraduate Students, Metacognition, Foreign Countries
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Dawson, Phillip; Sutherland-Smith, Wendy – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Contract cheating is the purchasing of custom-made university assignments with the intention of submitting them. Websites providing contract cheating services often claim this form of cheating is undetectable, and no published research has examined this claim. This paper documents a pilot study where markers were paid to mark a mixture of real…
Descriptors: Cheating, Assignments, Pilot Projects, Undergraduate Students
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Adachi, Chie; Tai, Joanna Hong-Meng; Dawson, Phillip – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Despite compelling evidence of its potential effectiveness, uptake of self and peer assessment in higher education has been slower than expected. As with other assessment practices, self and peer assessment is ultimately enabled, or inhibited, by the actions of individual academics. This paper explores what academics see as the benefits and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Collings, David; Garrill, Ashley; Johnston, Lucy – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Universities have a long-established tradition of granting students special consideration when circumstances beyond their control negatively affect performance in assessments. Typically, such situations affect only one student (e.g. medical emergencies) but we consider the impact of a natural disaster that led to all students being eligible for…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Foreign Countries, College Students, Testing Accommodations
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Broadbent, Jaclyn; Panadero, Ernesto; Boud, David – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Teaching a large class can present real challenges in design, management and standardisation of assessment practices. One of the main dilemmas for university teachers is how to implement effective formative assessment practices with accompanying high-quality feedback consistently over time with large classroom groups. This article reports on how…
Descriptors: Summative Evaluation, Case Studies, Large Group Instruction, Formative Evaluation
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Jones, Francis – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
We compared seven unrelated data-sets to evaluate a major education improvement initiative. Perceptions of students in 54 course sections were surveyed regarding the helpfulness of 39 specific teaching or learning strategies, and relative workloads and enthusiasm were compared to their other courses. Classes were observed using an established…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Science Education, Program Evaluation, Educational Improvement
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Gannaway, Deanne; Green, Teegan; Mertova, Patricie – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Australian universities have a long history of use of student satisfaction surveys. Their use has expanded and purpose changed over time. The surveys are often viewed as distorted by external influences such as discipline context, class size and year level of participants. This paper reports on the results of a large-scale investigation…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Class Size, Student Surveys, Attitude Measures
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Sellbjer, Stefan – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
The aim of this article is to examine what characterises feedback regarding the group of students who receive the most comments compared to the rest of the students, all failing at least one task. Could it be that teachers comment differently on the most underperforming students? The empirical material consists of feedback handed out to students…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Academic Failure, Preservice Teachers, Foreign Countries
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Chong, Ivan – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
The centrality of written feedback is clearly seen from the proliferation of research in the context of higher education. As an increasingly expanding field in research, the majority of written feedback studies have been interested in investigating the technical aspect of how feedback should be given in order to promote student learning. More…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Educational Research, Higher Education, Social Influences
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Denton, Philip; McIlroy, David – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Efficiency gains arising from the use of electronic marking tools that allow tutors to select comments from a statement bank are well documented, but how students use this type of feedback remains under explored. Natural science students (N = 161) were emailed feedback reports on a spreadsheet assessment that included an invitation to reply placed…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Summative Evaluation, College Students, Natural Sciences
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Liu, Xiongyi; Li, Lan; Zhang, Zhihong – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of online assessment training, with synchronous group discussion as a key component, on subsequent web-based peer assessment results. Participants included 81 college students, mostly women, taking a business writing class. After initial submission of a draft counter-offer letter, they completed…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Group Discussion, Instructional Effectiveness, Business Communication
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Lynam, Siobhan; Cachia, Moira – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
The quality assessment agency higher education review noted that assessment and feedback in higher education still remains an area of concern for students. Despite this, very little research has been carried out to assess students' experience of assessments. The evidence for what factors within assessments actually contribute to student engagement…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Higher Education, Educational Assessment, Feedback (Response)
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Mutereko, Sybert – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Using Foucault's power concepts of the panopticon and governmentality as analytic and heuristic tools, this study reveals insights into how accreditation creates power networks in the quality assurance of higher education graduates in South Africa. The study draws on 11 in-depth interviews with academics from the Faculty of Engineering at a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Engineering Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Power Structure
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Mutch, Allyson; Young, Charlotte; Davey, Tamzyn; Fitzgerald, Lisa – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Meeting students' expectations associated with the provision of feedback is a perennial challenge for tertiary education. Efforts to provide comprehensive, timely feedback within our own first year undergraduate public health courses have not always met students' expectations. In response, we sought to develop peer feedback activities to support…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), College Freshmen, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Peer Evaluation
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Li, Yongyan; Hu, Guangwei – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2018
Teachers' instructional practices surrounding written assignments have been little researched, despite writing remaining the primary means of assessment in higher education, including postgraduate professional development programmes. In this paper, we report a study that explored what a sample of lecturers in a Master of Education programme at an…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Writing Instruction, Graduate Students, Masters Programs
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