Enhancing the Quality of Educational Website Design through Assessment for Learning Strategies

Enhancing the Quality of Educational Website Design through Assessment for Learning Strategies

Wing Shui Ng
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-0420-8.ch052
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To improve the quality of a website, many principles or guidelines have been suggested in the literature. However, the application of related principles is not a straightforward issue. It requires the web developer with high level of self-awareness to continuously review his own works and to justify the design based on related web design principles. The web developer should behave as a reflective practitioner for creating a high-quality website which fulfilled web design principles in various aspects. However, reflection cannot be implicitly assumed as an inborn ability. Certain experiences or training must be provided so as to enable the web designer to develop high level of self-reflection. In this connection, this chapter introduces a series of assessment for learning strategies with self- and peer-assessment components for transforming a web developer into a reflective practitioner. Detailed implementation, its effectiveness and participants' opinions of the self- and peer-assessment strategy of a case study will be reported.
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This section provides a discussion on what competence a web developer should acquire so as to create a high-quality website. The author attempts to elaborate the challenge of creating a high-quality website. It follows with an introduction on some suggested web design principles or guidelines on various aspects for improving the quality of web design. The issue on the requirement of a web developer to mindfully reflect on the application of web design principles in the process is identified at the end of this section.

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