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Asynchronous online collaboration as a flexible learning activity and an authentic assessment method in an undergraduate mathematics course

Mallet, Daniel G. (2007) Asynchronous online collaboration as a flexible learning activity and an authentic assessment method in an undergraduate mathematics course. EURASIA, 4(2), pp. 143-151.

Abstract

Online collaboration exercises were used as part of a diverse assessment package for an undergraduate differential equations course. Online collaboration served as a highly effective method for promoting and assessing generic graduate capabilities such as writing in a context-relevant manner and the development of self-awareness with regard to mathematical strengths and limitations. We present a number of examples of collaborations which can be broadly classified as "illustrative" or "corrective" in nature. The assessment strategy was found to be valid and largely reliable, although a number of issues arose with regard to reliability of peer-provided, formative feedback. These issues are addressed and suggestions for overcoming them are presented. Finally, a discussion of the successes of the strategy is presented along with a number of examples of positive outcomes resulting from the use of online collaboration as a learning activity.

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ID Code: 9379
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: online collaboration, flexible learning, authentic assessment, differential equations, mathematics, HERN
ISSN: 1305-8223
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > PURE MATHEMATICS (010100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Educational Technology and Computing (130306)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > PURE MATHEMATICS (010100) > Ordinary Differential Equations Difference Equations and Dynamical Systems (010109)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Daniel G. Mallet
Deposited On: 10 Sep 2007
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2014 11:31

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