Insights for future assessment policies and procedures planning and design by open access online higher education providers

Catherine Moore, Steven Greenland

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Abstract

We argue that current online education assessment policies and procedures are based on the premise of the traditional student. The traditional student is typically studying full time, accessing campus facilities, and their studies form the main commitment in their lives. However, as student cohorts have evolved in the online teaching space it is no longer appropriate for institutions to base policy and procedure planning and development decisions on redundant learner characteristics. This paper provides the results of a thematic analysis undertaken with 226 online open access students. Top line results suggest strong connections between work commitments and the inability of online students to successfully complete their studies, due largely to outdated and inappropriate assessment policies and procedures. This research offers recommendations for higher education online assessment policy and procedure design, which should improve learner satisfaction and help to reduce online student attrition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThere and back
Subtitle of host publicationCharting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education conference proceedings
EditorsNoeline Wright
Place of PublicationHamilton, New Zealand
PublisherDEANZ
Pages97-100
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventDistance Education Association of New Zealand Conference Proceedings, - The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand
Duration: 17 Apr 201620 Apr 2016

Conference

ConferenceDistance Education Association of New Zealand Conference Proceedings,
Abbreviated titleDEANZ
CountryNew Zealand
CityHamilton
Period17/04/1620/04/16

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    Moore, C., & Greenland, S. (2016). Insights for future assessment policies and procedures planning and design by open access online higher education providers. In N. Wright (Ed.), There and back: Charting flexible pathways in open, mobile and distance education conference proceedings (pp. 97-100). DEANZ.