Balancing the COVID-19 disruption to undergraduate learning and assessment with an academic student support package: implications for student achievement and engagement

Lloyd, Natalie, Sealey, Rebecca, and Logan, Murray (2021) Balancing the COVID-19 disruption to undergraduate learning and assessment with an academic student support package: implications for student achievement and engagement. Student Success, 12 (2). pp. 61-70.

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Abstract

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic-induced emergency pivot to online teaching and assessment, an Academic Safety Net was implemented at a regional Australian university to provide academic student support. Bayesian hierarchical models were used to compare student performance between 2019 and 2020. More students withdrew from subjects in 2020, while fewer students remained enrolled but failed. While there was no overall year effect for overall student achievement, exam achievement increased and on-course assessment achievement decreased in 2020. When achievement was analysed according to an assessment task change, a year effect emerged, with the magnitude and direction of the effect dependent on the task changes. The results indicate that the enrolment component of the Academic Safety Net was an effective equity measure that enabled students an extended opportunity to self-withdraw in response to general impacts of the pandemic; while the results component protected the integrity of results awarded during the emergency pivot.

Item ID: 68887
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2205-0795
Keywords: Online assessment; COVID-19; student support; assessment integrity; equity
Copyright Information: Except where otherwise noted, content in this journal is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. As an open access journal, articles are free to use with proper attribution. © Natalie Lloyd, Rebecca Sealey and Murray Logan 2021.
Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2021 02:25
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390407 Inclusive education @ 25%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390402 Education assessment and evaluation @ 50%
39 EDUCATION > 3904 Specialist studies in education > 390403 Educational administration, management and leadership @ 25%
SEO Codes: 16 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 1601 Learner and learning > 160102 Higher education @ 100%
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