Investigating the alignment of teaching/learning activities with assessment activities in a CS/IT school: using a simple in-house survey of learning and assessment activities as a debugging tool

Hooper, Marion (2005) Investigating the alignment of teaching/learning activities with assessment activities in a CS/IT school: using a simple in-house survey of learning and assessment activities as a debugging tool. In: Proceedings of the Effective Teaching and Learning Conference 2004. From: Effective Teaching and Learning Conference 2004, 4 - 5 November 2004, Brisbane, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

It is widely recognised that alignment between stated course (subject) objectives, learning activities and assessment activities is a prerequisite for the development of an academic program that is successful in achieving its stated objectives. This research focuses on determining whether alignment has been achieved over an entire school program by investigating the actual alignment of learning activities and assessment activities in individual courses. In the past, responses from either in-school or university wide student feedback surveys have been used to provide an indication of problems in this area. To obtain additional information about alignment of learning activities with assessment activities, a survey of learning and assessment activities was administered to School of Information Technology lecturers. The survey required lecturers to indicate the learning and assessment activities used in each course they were convening. Survey results showed positive alignment of learning activities with assessment activities for most courses, but indicated that assessment activities in some courses were not supported by appropriately aligned learning activities. Information gained from the survey is being used to inform the ongoing process of debugging the CS/IT program of the School of Information Technology at James Cook University.

Item ID: 14813
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
Keywords: educational evaluation; assessment; higher education; teacher education
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ISBN: 0909291969
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 23:00
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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