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‘Incentivised reading’- Using an online VLE to measure engagement and attainment in student learning

Beard, LH (2017) '‘Incentivised reading’- Using an online VLE to measure engagement and attainment in student learning.' International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 5 (11). 74 - 86. ISSN 2411-3123

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Abstract

Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) can be used as a resource repository but also as an environment to encourage independent student learning. Customised online assignments that can be assembled by the lecturer can be found in teaching resources such as Mastering Biology, developed by Pearson Publishers. In this study, student engagement in both summative and formative assignments was measured, and student attainment and qualitative feedback on the use of Mastering Biology was collected. During the period 2010-2017, the online VLE Mastering Biology was used to create online summative assignments and promoted to the students as ‘incentivized reading.' The results showed high student engagement in summative online assessment (94±3.2%) but lower engagement in formative online assessment (34±10.9%) and DSM assessment (36±3.5%) across all years. Student attainment increased after the introduction of Mastering Biology, in coursework (+13.2%), exams (+12.5%) and total module scores (+10.6%). Importantly, student feedback was also very positive about the implementation of Mastering Biology. This study suggests that students display high engagement with the summative online assessment. Lower engagement in formative assessment could be due to differences in student motivation. Lack of engagement in this assessment could be used to identify disengaged students and intervention and extra support could be given.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Student engagement, online assessment, VLE, motivation, low-stakes assessment
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Biological Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Jan 2018 12:32
Last Modified: 02 Jan 2018 12:32
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/20881

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