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Peer assessment may lead to better learning outcomes. In his Human Computer Interface course, Scott Klemmer of th HCI Group found that students can be put to work reviewing their cohorts.
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As expected, the solution to the massive grading problem of MOOCs is to be found in the clever use of peer assessment.
ONLINE open courseware and the connected rising interest in e-portfolios for student assessment will be as much of challenge for standards as it is now for the educators looking to adapt their curricula.
ONLINE open courseware and the connected rising interest in e-portfolios for student assessment will be as much of challenge for standards as it is now for the educators looking to adapt their curricula. Griffith University vice-chancellor Ian O'Connor said changes sweeping university teaching would create new challenges for those attempting to monitor academic standards.
But it will inevitably lead to a greater focus on the assessment of student outcomes and graduate capabilities.
The growth of massive open online courses, backed by the likes of Stanford, Harvard and MIT, are impossible to ignore and universities are increasingly taking advantage of such content.
Deakin University has said it will embed some of these MOOCs into its own curriculum. Others, such as University of Technology, Sydney, are looking to follow suit.
At the same time, online technology is making it easier for universities to develop and share high-quality content.
First of all, the MOOCs I have worked on have not focused on assessment - they have been courses, yes, with a small number (20 or so) taking them for credit, but the vast majority of participants auditing. So the question of marking term papers never came up. And like you, I would not contemplate multiple-choice exams in humanities and literature courses.If you really need assessment, a few solutions have been proposed and, to a limited extend, tried out:
You don't hear much about this side of MOOC's
Excellent overview with useful links to exemplars.
A must read on assessment in MOOC, with very useful links and reflections.