Assessing Teaching and Students' Meaningful Learning Processes in an E-Learning Course

Assessing Teaching and Students' Meaningful Learning Processes in an E-Learning Course

Päivi Hakkarainen (University of Lapland, Finland), Tarja Saarelainen (University of Lapland, Finland) and Heli Ruokamo (University of Lapland, Finland)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 17
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-410-1.ch002
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In this chapter the authors report on the assessment framework and practices that they applied to the e-learning version of the Network Management course at the University of Lapland’s Faculty of Social Sciences. The objective of the assessment was to examine students’ perspective regarding how a digital video-supported, case-based teaching approach supported students’ meaningful learning. The model for teaching and meaningful learning (TML) was used as the theoretical assessment framework. To answer the research questions, the authors gathered data through questionnaires completed by the students. The assessment provided them with evidence concerning the student perspective on teaching and learning processes during the e-learning course. The authors will describe and discuss this evidence in this chapter. In addition, they discuss the strengths and limitations of the assessment framework, and practices that they applied to the Network Management course.
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The E-Learning Version Of Network Management

Network Management was implemented online in spring 2005 for students in the final stages of their master’s degree in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The focus of the course is public administration and management, with the aims being that students learn to 1) define a network as a structural and functional form of inter-organizational co-operation, 2) understand how organizational management and leadership differ from network management and leadership, and 3) distinguish different types of networks and understand their limitations. These course goals can be expressed in terms of more specific objectives corresponding to the cases taken up in the course. The rationale for the online implementation was to allow students to develop the desired skills while working in electronic environments, as these are rapidly becoming the norm for employees in public administration (see Schedler, Summermatter, & Schmidt, 2004).

Thirty-three students enrolled for the two-month course. They ranged in age from 22 to 51 years and were spread throughout the country. Following a four-hour introductory, face-to-face lecture, the students embarked on case-based work in groups of three to five using the Finnish Discendum Optima learning management systema. This environment, similar to WebCT and Blackboard, enabled the teacher to provide guidance and facilitated small group conversations, delivery of course materials and preparation of assignments.

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Gary Poole
Christine Spratt, Paul Lajbcygier
Chapter 1
Selby Markham, John Hurt
Reliability and validity have a well-established place in the development and implementation of educational assessment devices. With the advent of... Sample PDF
Re-Assessing Validity and Reliability in the E-Learning Environment
Chapter 2
Päivi Hakkarainen, Tarja Saarelainen, Heli Ruokamo
In this chapter the authors report on the assessment framework and practices that they applied to the e-learning version of the Network Management... Sample PDF
Assessing Teaching and Students' Meaningful Learning Processes in an E-Learning Course
Chapter 3
Charlotte Brack
Within the notion of Web 2.0, social software has characteristics that make it particularly relevant to ELearning, aligning well with a social... Sample PDF
Collaborative E-Learning Using Wikis: A Case Report
Chapter 4
Mike Hobbs, Elaine Brown, Marie Gordon
This chapter provides an introduction to learning and teaching in the virtual world Second Life (SL). It focuses on the nature of the environment... Sample PDF
Learning and Assessment with Virtual Worlds
Chapter 5
Paul White, Greg Duncan
This chapter describes innovative approaches to E-Learning and related assessment, driven by a Faculty Teaching and Learning Technologies Committee... Sample PDF
A Faculty Approach to Implementing Advanced, E-Learning Dependent, Formative and Summative Assessment Practices
Chapter 6
Christine Armatas, Bernard Colbert
Two challenges with online assessment are making sure data collected is secure and authenticating the data source. The first challenge relates to... Sample PDF
Ensuring Security and Integrity of Data for Online Assessment
Chapter 7
Robyn Benson
This chapter addresses some issues relating to the use of e-learning tools and environments for implementing peer assessment. It aims to weigh up... Sample PDF
Issues in Peer Assessment and E-Learning
Chapter 8
Paul Lajbcygier, Christine Spratt
This chapter presents recent research on group assessment in an e-learning environment as an avenue to debate contemporary issues in the design of... Sample PDF
The Validity of Group Marks as a Proxy for Individual Learning in E-Learning Settings
Chapter 9
Robert S. Friedman, Fadi P. Deek, Norbert Elliot
In order to offer a unified framework for the empirical assessment of e-learning (EL), this chapter presents findings from three studies conducted... Sample PDF
Validation of E-Learning Courses in Computer Science and Humanities: A Matter of Context
Chapter 10
Richard Tucker, Jan Fermelis, Stuart Palmer
There is considerable evidence of student scepticism regarding the purpose of team assignments and high levels of concern for the fairness of... Sample PDF
Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Self-and-Peer Assessment Tool for E-Learning Environments
Chapter 11
Andrew Sanford, Paul Lajbcygier, Christine Spratt
A differential item functioning analysis is performed on a cohort of E-Learning students undertaking a unit in computational finance. The motivation... Sample PDF
Identifying Latent Classes and Differential Item Functioning in a Cohort of E-Learning Students
Chapter 12
Christine Armatas, Anthony Saliba
A concern with E-Learning environments is whether students achieve superior or equivalent learning outcomes to those obtained through traditional... Sample PDF
Is Learning as Effective When Studying Using a Mobile Device Compared to Other Methods?
Chapter 13
Thomas C. Reeves, John G. Hedberg
Evaluation falls into the category of those often neglected human practices such as exercise and eating right. All of us involved in education or... Sample PDF
Evaluation Strategies for Open and Distributed Learning Environments
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Madhumita Bhattacharya
This chapter presents a description and analysis of salient issues related to the development of an integrated e-portfolio application implemented... Sample PDF
Introducing Integrated E-Portfolio Across Courses in a Postgraduate Program in Distance and Online Education
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John LeBaron, Carol Bennett
Teachers and designers of computer-networked settings increasingly acknowledge that active learner engagement poses unique challenges, especially... Sample PDF
Practical Strategies for Assessing the Quality of Collaborative Learner Engagement
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Som Naidu
Many teachers commonly use assessment as the starting point of their teaching activities because they believe that assessment drives learning and... Sample PDF
Afterword: Learning-Centred Focus to Assessment Practices
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