Internet-hosted assessment system for effective teaching and enhanced learning for engineering subjects

Engineers Australia
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE2011) - Developing Engineers for Social Justice: Community Involvement, Ethics & Sustainability, 2011, pp. 505 - 509
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Despite of their popularity, online Learning Management Systems suffer serious limitations as a reliable and effective assessment tool in their implementation for engineering education, partly due to their demand for equation manipulation and multiple stage problem solving. An innovative spreadsheet based assessment tool (e-Task) which is designed to overcome such shortcoming and provides effective teaching and enhanced learning for engineering subjects has been proposed by the authors. The tool was developed for both formative and summative assessments with a capability to automatically collect not only results but also feedback from students on their perceived learning. Building on the previous work, this paper presents a further development by introducing a new deployment concept of the e-Task through internet-hosting of the system in order to enable effective teaching and enhanced learning of engineering subjects. The proposed internet-hosted assessment system (e-Task) integrates state-of-the-art cloud computing technology by incorporating a spreadsheet-like environment that can accommodate a wider range of users and course developers as well as enables easier expansion of the system in the future. It greatly enhances the fundamental concepts proposed in the original e-Taks by offering better accessibility, flexibility and controllability. It obviates any need of a specific software or hardware for the operational platform and requires only Internet access for its operation. Features of the Internet hosted e-Task include: the ability to access it by various Internet browsers, embedding learning and diagnostic feedback, individualised data sets for each students and automated marking & feedback.
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