Asynchronous online collaboration as a flexible learning activity and an authentic assessment method in an undergraduate mathematics course
Mallet, Daniel G. (2008) Asynchronous online collaboration as a flexible learning activity and an authentic assessment method in an undergraduate mathematics course. EURASIA, 4(2), pp. 143-151.
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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