Investigating online tests practices of university staff using data from a learning management system

  • Anna Stack University of Technology Sydney
  • Bopelo Boitshwarelo Charles Darwin University
  • Alison Reedy Charles Darwin University
  • Trevor Billany Charles Darwin University
  • Hannah Reedy Charles Darwin University
  • Rajeev Sharma Charles Darwin University
  • Jyoti Vemuri Charles Darwin University
Keywords: Assessment, Curriculum, Feedback, Learning outcomes, Online tests, Pedagogy

Abstract

While research on online tests in higher education is steadily growing, there is little evidence in the literature of the use of learning management systems (LMS), such as Blackboard™, as rich sources of data on online tests practices. This paper reports on an investigation that used data from Blackboard™ LMS to gain insight into the purpose for and practice of online tests at the Charles Darwin University (CDU) Business School in Australia. Focussing on curriculum and pedagogical practices, the paper identifies indications of good practice as well as potential issues related to curriculum mapping, including possible misalignment between learning outcomes and online tests. It also affirms the versatility of using data from LMSs in the study of e-assessment in general and online tests in particular.

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Author Biographies

Anna Stack, University of Technology Sydney

Learning Design and Technology Specialist

Institute for Interactive Media and Learning

Bopelo Boitshwarelo, Charles Darwin University

Senior Higher Education and Training Developer

Education Strategy, Charles Darwin University

 

Alison Reedy, Charles Darwin University

Senior Higher Education and Training Developer

Education Strategy

 

Trevor Billany, Charles Darwin University

Senior Higher Education and Training Developer

Education Strategy

Hannah Reedy, Charles Darwin University

Research Administration Officer,

Menzies School of health Research

Rajeev Sharma, Charles Darwin University

Senior Lecturer

College of Business and Law

Jyoti Vemuri, Charles Darwin University

Lecturer,

College of Business and Law

Published
2019-12-20
Section
Articles