Research course

e-assessment

Institution
Open University · Department of Education
Qualifications
PhD

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.1 in a relevant area

Months of entry

October

Course content

The Open University has been at the forefront of research into e-assessment in all its forms for many years. It acts as the global coordinator of the assessment elements of the open-source learning-management system, Moodle. Both formative and summative, e-assessment not only provides measures of student achievement but also delivers effective feedback that reinforces learning. It forms an increasingly crucial part of the assessment strategies adopted in universities worldwide.

The research will take place within eSTEeM, a cross-faculty centre that innovates and researches in STEM teaching. Based on our knowledge and expertise in the use of e-assessment we have focused research on a number of e-assessment areas, such as:

  • the use of interactive computer-marked assessment, both in terms of the design of tools and pedagogy
  • online peer assessment
  • assessment of online practical work.

The outcomes of these projects not only lead to peer-reviewed articles but also inform future teaching and assessment strategies. This research benefits from the statistical power available from the large populations on OU modules.

Department specialisms

Assessing with confidence Can a computer-marked exam improve retention? Evaluation of assessed collaborative wiki activity and comparison with similar collaborative online activities in other contexts Online practical work for science and engineering students The use of peer assessment/review in distance teaching via the Moodle VLE Free text responses in computer-based assessment

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website http://www.open.ac.uk/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding

Qualification and course duration

PhD

distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Name
Administrative support
Email
science-phd-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1908 659036