Assessment for learner self-regulation: enhancing achievement in the first year using learning technologies

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    While there is considerable research on the first-year experience, much less has been written about the impact of assessment and feedback practices on that experience. This paper explores how formative assessment and feedback might be used to enhance the first-year experience and enable students to develop the skills needed for self-regulated learning. It also explores how technology might support formative assessment practices in the current higher education context, where modularisation, larger student numbers and lower staff-student ratios have all reduced opportunities for formative support. A framework is proposed for the design of large-cohort first-year courses based on two recent literature reviews. This provides a lens through which to analyse two first-year courses (Psychology and French) that were redesigned with funding from the Re-engineering Assessment Practices (REAP) project. Evaluations show that both course redesigns resulted in high levels of student satisfaction, in performance improvements in final exams when compared with previous years and in workload efficiency gains brought about by the application of technology. Ways of improving on these designs based on the proposed framework are discussed.
    LanguageEnglish
    Pages335-352
    Number of pages17
    JournalAssessment and Evaluation in Higher Education
    Volume34
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

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    Keywords

    • formative assessment
    • feedback
    • self-regulation
    • first-year experience
    • student success
    • technology

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