Archive for the ‘Assessment’ Category

Examining the Effect of Proctoring on Online Test Scores

Online education continues to grow, bringing opportunities and challenges for students and instructors. One challenge is the perception that academic integrity associated with online tests is compromised due to undetected cheating that yields artificially higher grades. To address these concerns, proctoring software has been developed to address and prevent academic dishonesty. The purpose of this […]

An evaluation of competency-based education programs: A study of the development process of competency-based programs

Competency-based education (CBE) has already shifted dramatically across the landscape of higher education. As a result of the Department of Education’s Experimental Sites Program announcement in 2013 (Baker, 2013), several universities and colleges were given the opportunity to allow students to achieve college credits through competency-based assessments. CBE is expected to broaden access to higher education by assessing student-based workforce ready skills. Once competency is […]

Determinants of Self-Reflective Learning and its Consequences in Online Master Degree Programs

  Determinants of Self-Reflective Learning and its Consequences in Online Master Degree Programs Based on recent studies of self-reflective learning and its effects on various learning outcomes, this study examined the concept of self-reflective learning in the context of the Robust Learning Model (RLM), which is a learning model designed for improving the educational effectiveness […]

Assessing Online Readiness of Students

Assessing Online Readiness of Students The rise of distance education has created a need to understand students’ readiness for online learning and to predict their success. Several survey instruments have been developed to assess this construct of online readiness. However, a review of the extant literature shows that these instruments have varying limitations in capturing […]

Enriching Higher Education with Social Media: Development and Evaluation of a Social Media Toolkit

While ubiquitous in everyday use, in reality, social media usage within higher education teaching has expanded quite slowly. Analysis of social media usage of students and instructors for teaching, learning, and research purposes across four countries (Russia, Turkey, Germany, and Switzerland) showed that many higher education instructors actively use social media for private purposes. However, […]

Foundations of quality in competency-based programs: Competencies and assessments

Although there is a recent rise in attention surrounding competency-based education, this learning modality has a long history. Competency-based education was first introduced in the United States during the 1960s in an effort to ensure students were being prepared for postsecondary life with the skills they would need to be successful. Competency-based education was based […]

Student Satisfaction as a Predictor of Retention in a Professional Online For-Profit Higher Education Institution

This study expanded on prior satisfaction and retention research by exploring this relationship within the online for-profit sector.  An ex post facto design was utilized at an online for-profit undergraduate institution with programs in the creative arts to explore the relationship between student satisfaction as measured by the Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) and […]

An Empirical Framework for ePortfolio Assessment

This research focuses on ePortfolio assessment strategies that yield important accountability and reporting information. Under foundational categories of reliability, validity, and fairness, we present methods of gathering evidence from ePortfolio scores and their relationship to demographic information (gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status) and criterion variables (admission tests and course grades) as a means for stakeholders […]

The Cart Before the Horse? Exploring the Potential of ePortfolios in a Western Australian Medical School

In 2014, the School of Medicine Fremantle of the University of Notre Dame Australia initiated a study to explore the curriculum underpinning portfolios used by first-year medical students. The School had used portfolios since 2005 and judged it timely to consider digital technologies as a mechanism to enhance student learning and improve efficiencies. A qualitative […]

Students’ Preferences in Online Assessment Process: Influences on Academic Performances

In the constructivist approach, various self-assessment techniques are being developed to enable students to assess themselves in the learning process. The purpose of the study is to investigate relation between students’ preferences in assessment process and students’ performances. The study was conducted with 67 sophomore students enrolled in Department of Computer Education and Instructional Technologies […]