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Pages: 5237-5245
Publication year: 2014
ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3
ISSN: 2340-1117

Conference name: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 7-9 July, 2014
Location: Barcelona, Spain

E-ASSESSMENT AS TOOL TO IMPROVE STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND PASS RATES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

S.N. Basson, H.C. Van der Watt, C. Hancke

Tshwane University of Technology (SOUTH AFRICA)
Computers and electronic technology today offer many ways to enrich educational assessment both inside and outside the classroom. A combination of methodologies and technologies facilitates the increased use of student centred learning, in which students can learn at their own pace, improve time- on- task and enables the use of a variety of learning resources. Less common in engineering, and also more problematic, is the use of e-assessment, both as a method of evaluating student progress towards learning outcomes, or as a learning tool. Assessments can be generally classed as formative, where students receive feedback from assessments, or summative, traditionally in the form of written examinations. E-assessment is a generic term used to describe the use of technology in the assessment process. This paper describes how e-assessment has been introduced into a second level subject Thermo-flow II (TF) during the first year of Mechanical Engineering students at a University of Technology in South Africa. A survey was conducted with these students, where a combination of e-assessments and paper-based assessments were used during the period of two semesters. Data was collected on affective, validity, practicality, reliability, security and teaching and learning factors related to e-assessment. The authors analysed and reflected on responses from students and adjusted the practice of e-assessment, in order to assess the quality of learning. The results of this pilot project show an increase in the students’ experiences and expectations with e-assessment as well as an indication that this might increase pass rates. This valuable information will therefore in future be used to research if a true correlation between a pleasant e-learning experience and pass rate exists.
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author = {Basson, S.N. and Van der Watt, H.C. and Hancke, C.},
title = {E-ASSESSMENT AS TOOL TO IMPROVE STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND PASS RATES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING},
series = {6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies},
booktitle = {EDULEARN14 Proceedings},
isbn = {978-84-617-0557-3},
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location = {Barcelona, Spain},
month = {7-9 July, 2014},
year = {2014},
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S.N. Basson, H.C. Van der Watt, C. Hancke (2014) E-ASSESSMENT AS TOOL TO IMPROVE STUDENTS’ LEARNING EXPERIENCE AND PASS RATES IN MECHANICAL ENGINEERING, EDULEARN14 Proceedings, pp. 5237-5245.
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