How to Support Collaborative Knowledge Building through Authentic Assessment in Online Education?
Hanna Teräs, Tampere University of Applied Sciences / School of Vocational Teacher Education, Finland ; Irja Leppisaari, Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences, Finland ; Marjatta Myllylä, Tampere University of Applied Sciences / School of Vocational Teacher Education, Finland ; Leena Vainio, Hame University of Applied Sciences, Finland
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
Collaborative knowledge construction and team work skills are increasingly valued in working life. However, traditional online teaching and assessment methods do not necessarily support these skills as efficiently as needed. In this article, we examine how assessment methods can be developed in order to better support collaborative knowledge construction. The study is based on a previous evaluation of teaching and learning cases. The paper seeks digging deeper into the question of promoting online collaboration through authentic e-learning (Herrington & Oliver, 2000). We examine the relation between the two weakly imposed areas of collaboration and assessment. Our observations suggest that the assessment of collaborative knowledge construction must be more strongly emphasized during the entire learning process. Social technologies together with the principles of authentic learning and learning communities provide new tools and pedagogical solutions that create a meaningful context for developing 21st century skills both for teachers and learners.
Teräs, H., Leppisaari, I., Myllylä, M. & Vainio, L. (2012). How to Support Collaborative Knowledge Building through Authentic Assessment in Online Education?. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2410-2420). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).