An evaluation of a virtual assessment environment

Young, AJ and Clarkson, RJ 2004, An evaluation of a virtual assessment environment , in: Education in a Changing Environment, 13-14 September 2004, University of Salford. (Unpublished)

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This paper reports the preliminary results of a project that investigated the use of computer-based simulation to improve the validity of assessment and provide unlimited formative assessment without use of lecturer time. Specifically it aimed to develop a computer-based simulator for computer networking, pilot its use on students, and develop expertise in the use of simulation as an assessment tool applicable to other parts of the University. To meet the third aim, the paper starts with an extended introduction of simulator-based assessment and computer-based simulation. It then discusses the term “Virtual Assessment Environment”. It introduces the simulator that has been developed, and discusses some of the issues that were faced during implementation. Finally, it presents a qualitative evaluation of students’ views of how this could be used in the course. The conclusion is that students recognise many benefits of the simulator for formative assessment, but raise concerns regarding its summative use.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: ISBN: 9780902896802
Themes: Subjects / Themes > Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Subjects / Themes > Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA075 Electronic computers. Computer science
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Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Refereed: No
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2009 16:02
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 08:23

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