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How does one evaluate students' participation and interaction in an Internet based unit?

Maor, D. (1998) How does one evaluate students' participation and interaction in an Internet based unit? In: 7th Annual Teaching Learning Forum, 4 - 5 February 1998, University of Western Australia, Perth.

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    Abstract

    This paper will introduce some dilemmas that arose during the implementation of a postgraduate Internet-based distance education unit, Computers in Education. The participants in this unit are secondary science and mathematics teachers from around Australia. The use of the Internet aims to help overcome intellectual isolation.

    The main feature of this unit was the Activity Room in which the teachers, lecturer and invited visitors interacted asynchronously. These interactions focused on the major content areas of the unit which were examining current theories of teaching and learning with computers, and evaluating educational software. The use of the Web/Internet also provided the framework to focus on the learning process as well as on the content area. The challenge was to involve teachers in computer-networked communication in order for them to become familiar with the technology and to utilise it for their own communicative learning. The teaching approach involved social constructivist framework. Each week a different member of the group led the discussion by posing questions and initiating further discussions. The role of the discussion leader enabled the delegation of responsibilities to encourage participation of all the members. However, some of the participants were more active then others.

    Three interesting dilemmas will be canvassed.

    a.How does one assess students participation and contribution in the activity room?
    b.Should the participation be compulsory and therefore be integral part of the assessment?
    c.How should the interaction be qualified?

    Publication Type: Conference Paper
    Conference Website: http://lsn.curtin.edu.au/tlf/tlf1998/maor.html
    Notes: Appears In: Proceedings of the 7th Annual Teaching Learning Forum
    URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8760
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