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Assessment of online discussion forums for law students

McNamara, Judith & Burton, Kelley J. (2009) Assessment of online discussion forums for law students. Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 6(2).

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Abstract

This paper goes beyond the existing literature and explores the innovative topic of designing criterion-referenced assessment for online discussion forums. There are several benefits of embedding online discussion forums into subjects including engaging students in collaborative learning, and encouraging deeper analysis, critical thinking and reflection. Using the assessment principles of validity, reliability and transparency, this paper offers a range of practical strategies to tutors who plan to develop criterion-referenced assessment as opposed to norm-referenced assessment for online discussion forums, applies the assessment principles in the context of an undergraduate law subject, and exemplars a rubric for an online discussion forum in a work placement subject.

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ID Code: 31726
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: HERN, Legal Education, Reflection, Online discussion forums, Assessment
ISSN: 1449-9789
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > OTHER LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (189900) > Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified (189999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Judith McNamara & Kelley Burton
Deposited On: 14 Apr 2010 07:34
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2014 11:23

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