Mathematical equations and formulas are not easy to type on a typical computer keyboard. That is why students have never massively embraced software to write maths. Academics working in this area normally have to use sophisticated software based on LaTex (a mark-up language) to write mathematical formulas – something that has a steep learning curve.
An article in The Age newspaper today talks about the adoption of Turnitin for Victorian schools. Read the article here.
I’d be keen to hear what you think about the use of Turnitin as a threat stick vs a learning opportunity to develop academic writing skills. Throw me your comments!
The popularity of discussion forums as a form of assessment at Macquarie has jumped significantly since the introduction of iLearn in 2012. In 2013 discussion forums appeared in 99.1% iLearn units (either assessed or non-assessed), according to the iLearn Evaluation Report 2013 , A/Prof Maree Gosper, Helen Carter, Cathy Rytmeister, Elaine Huber, March 2014, Macquarie University.
So what’s all of the fuss about discussion forums?
Building on the educational theory of constructivism, students have the opportunity to construct their own knowledge and understanding while exploring and testing these ideas with their peers. Continue reading It’s all talk….. discussion forums as assessment
This month’s iLearn Exchange had an FBE flavour. Macquarie University’s Faculty of Business and Economics showcased and discussed topics on the theme of assessment, rubrics and feedback:
- Nui Vatanasakdakul: How can rubrics and Grademark make grading faster and easier?
- Alex Blair: Assessing online learning: strategies, challenges and lessons learned
- Elizabeth Sheedy: The flipped classroom: assessment strategies to foster learning
Alex and Elizabeth developed their unit with the support of the Learning and Teaching Centre’s Faculty Partnership Program. These short-term projects allow Macquarie academics to develop new approaches for learning and teaching with support and expertise from the LTC.
The next iLearn Exchange will be on 6 May, 12.00 to 1.00pm in E6A 116. Please contact Natalie Spence for further details on the Exchange.
The scenario: A second year Accounting unit of over 800 students, 32 tutorial groups and 10 tutors. The assessment task: A research project (1500 words). The challenge: how to achieve reliable and efficient marking across such a large number of assignments and teaching staff?