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Improving Student Engagement and Development through Assessment
Theory and practice in higher education

ISBN 9780415618205
Published June 21, 2012 by Routledge
232 Pages 10 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With a unique focus on the relationship between assessment and engagement this book explores what works in terms of keeping students on course to succeed.

Against a backdrop of massification and the associated increase in student diversity there is an escalating requirement for personalized, technology driven learning in higher education. In addition, the advent of student fees has promoted a consumer culture resulting in students having an increasingly powerful voice in shaping curricula to their own requirements. How does one engage and retain a group of students of such diverse culture, ethnicity, ambition and experience?

Using examples from a variety of institutions worldwide this edited collection provides a well-researched evidence base of current thinking and developments in assessment practices in higher education. The chapters discuss:

  • Staff and student views on assessment
  • Engaging students through assessment feedback
  • Assessment for learning
  • Assessing for employability
  • Interdisciplinary and transnational assessment
  • Technology supported assessment for retention

The book draws together a wealth of expertise from a range of contributors including academic staff, academic developers, pedagogical researchers, National Teaching Fellows and Centres for Excellence in Higher Education. Recognising that a pedagogy which is embedded and taken-for-granted in one context might be completely novel in another, the authors share best practice and evaluate evidence of assessment strategies to enable academic colleagues to make informed decisions about adopting new and creative approaches to assessment. This interdisciplinary text will prove an invaluable tool for those working and studying in higher education.

Table of Contents

1. The Challenges of Retention  2. Assessment for Learning  3. Exploring and Valuing what Students Bring to their Education  4. Student Teacher Relationships  5. Pleasure in Learning  6. Technology Supported Assessment for Retention  7. Using Technology for Feedback and Feed Forward  8. Digital Story-telling as an Alternative Assessment  9. Finding a Voice: Podcasting in Teaching, Learning and Assessment  10. Learner Experience of e-Portfolios for Formative and Summative Feedback  11 Interdisciplinary Assessment  12. Journeys in Peer E-communication: Student Mentors’ Perspectives  13. Student Views of Assessment  14. The Academic Staff Perspective  15. Pedagogical Change Strategy

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Lynn Clouder is Director of the Centre for Excellence in Learning Enhancement (CELE) at Coventry University, UK.

Christine Broughan is Head of Applied Research at Student Services, at Coventry University, UK.

Steve Jewell is Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Applied Management at Coventry University, UK.

Graham Steventon is Senior lecturer in Criminology at Coventry University, UK.