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Assessment of Online Discussion: Collecting Discussion Content and Generating Analysis Data for Assessment and Feedback
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, , , Massey University, New Zealand

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-90-7 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Online asynchronous discussion offers great educational opportunities to distance learners as well as bringing benefits to supplement in-class instruction. The use of online discussion forums empowers teachers to emphasize social aspect of learning and promote in-depth discussions even when students are at a distance. Assessing students’ development and achievement via discussion tends to be difficult and the amount of work involved in collecting relevant information for grading can be overwhelming to teachers.This study provides a new approach to addressing the assessment of online discussions, by automating the collection of discussion data and by generating input into the assignment module of the Learning Management Systems (LMS). This new approach is intended to reduce the time and effort that teachers spend on collecting relevant data for assessing online discussion contributions. It also generates artefacts, composed of discussion contributions, participation and interaction data, that are returned to students and underpin the marking feedback.

Citation

Yang, Y., Heinrich, E. & Kemp, E. (2011). Assessment of Online Discussion: Collecting Discussion Content and Generating Analysis Data for Assessment and Feedback. In C. Ho & M. Lin (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2011--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (p. 992). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 23, 2019 from .

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