Title

Assessment of learning outcomes through an asynchronous on-line discussion board

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education

Publication Date

1-1-2021

Abstract

Asynchronous on-line discussion boards (AODBs) have become a standard pedagogical tool, and the use of learning outcomes has become normalised in much of higher education, yet little is known about using AODBs to assess learning outcomes. Hence, this article aims to assess the degree to which students demonstrate learning outcomes attainment through participation in an AODB. The research method implemented is built around a particular AODB instrument designed to teach and assess cross-disciplinary learning outcomes. Using a sample group of 30 computing students studying at a public university in the United Arab Emirates, this article demonstrates that a well-designed and structured AODB can be used to teach and assess important cross-disciplinary learning outcomes, and that discussions can be assessed in an efficient manner. By examining both student group and learning outcome scores, results indicate that students showed improvement in learning outcomes attainment across a semester. Given the recent growth in on-line learning, this study supports the need for more research into the use of AODBs as a method to teach and assess learning outcomes.

ISSN

1446-2257

Publisher

World Institute for Engineering and Technology Education (WIETE)

Volume

19

Issue

3

First Page

299

Last Page

305

Disciplines

Education

Scopus ID

85115088776

Indexed in Scopus

yes

Open Access

yes

Open Access Type

Bronze: This publication is openly available on the publisher’s website but without an open license

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