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ERIC Number: EJ1231833
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0028-8276
Assessing Learning Outcomes of Course Descriptors Containing Object Oriented Programming Concepts
Abuaiadah, Diab; Burrell, Chris; Bosu, Michael; Joyce, Sue; Hajmoosaei, Abdolreza
New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, v54 n2 p345-356 Nov 2019
This study follows well-published educational criteria for assessing the quality of learning outcomes and investigates how these criteria are applied to descriptors of courses that include object oriented programming concepts. These quality criteria aim to ensure that learning outcomes are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-scaled. The study examined course descriptors from all universities in New Zealand and found a significant gap between the published criteria and the learning outcomes--it is clear that learning outcomes are widely open to interpretation and do not meet the criteria. There is a minimal level of detail provided in these outcomes that are insufficient to satisfy the stated criteria. This study then presents a new and more detailed implementation of outcomes augmented with assessment structure and marking criteria to show that adding more detail significantly increases the complexity of course descriptors. This highlights the need for robust discussions between the writers of course descriptors who look for simplicity and flexibility and quality assessors who expect precision and specifics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand