Assessing Open and Distance Learners

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Psychology Press, 1999 - Education - 229 pages
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Most works on assessment assume a face-to-face teaching context. The few that don't, assume that assessment issues are largely generic and equally applicable in face-to-face, open or distance contexts. Unfortunately, reality is far removed from this generalized viewpoint and, as the authors of this book point out, once assessment is considered from the open or distance learner's perspective it becomes very apparent that new approaches to assessment have to be developed.
Written by practitioners in ODL for other practitioners, this is neither a book that preaches nor one that takes the abstract high ground. Offering concrete advice and evidence, it will help readers both to reflect upon their personal approaches to assessment and to adapt their techniques in order to benefit learners.
 

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Contents

Thinking about assessment
8
Assessment in open and distance contexts
20
Online technologies in open and distance assessment
33
Assessing learners in open and distance learning
46
Communicating assessment tasks
63
Marking and grading
72
Creating dialogue through assessment
81
Managing time
89
Solving problems and developing plans
121
Performing procedures and demonstrating techniques
136
Managing and developing oneself
148
Accessing and managing information
164
Demonstrating knowledge and understanding
177
Designing creating performing
188
Communicating
202
Appendix A Terms commonly used in assessment
217

Developing assessment policies
93
Thinking critically and making judgements
108

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About the author (1999)

Chris Morgan is lecturer and course developer in the Teaching and Learning Unit at Southern Cross University in Australia.

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