Assessment of collaborative learning in online discussions

McNamara, Judith & Brown, Catherine (2008) Assessment of collaborative learning in online discussions. In ATN Assessment Conference 2008, Engaging Students in Assessment, 20-21 November 2008, University of South Australia, Adelaide.

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This paper will examine how an online forum can be used in work integrated learning as a vehicle for students to demonstrate their learning in the workplace and to facilitate collaborative learning. Collaborative learning is valuable in work integrated learning subjects because it enables students to make linkages between their experiences and those of others, share positive and negative aspects of placements with their peers and gain an overall picture of work in the relevant sector. It also enables students to demonstrate to their peers what they have learned. Collaborative learning can be readily facilitated in face to face classes, for example, in teacher or student led discussions or by means of student presentations. However, where a work integrated learning subject is offered to external students or where face to face classes are minimal, the collaborative aspect of student learning needs to occur by other means, such as an online forum. The use of an online forum can also enable students to demonstrate their learning by reflecting upon their work and self evaluating their own performance. This paper will review the literature regarding the benefits of using online discussion forums to promote collaborative learning and reflection and the design and assessment of such forums. Despite the value of online discussions in work integrated learning, it has been argued that a truly objective tool to measure learning evidenced by online discussions has not yet been developed. This paper will suggest a model for assessable online discussion forums that will facilitate student collaboration in legal work placement subjects.

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ID Code: 15058
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: HERN, assessment, technology, work place learning, work integrated learning, collaborative learning, collaborative refection, legal internship, online discussion forum
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Judith McNamara and Catherine Brown
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 01:24

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