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Assessing Online Discussions in Biology Education

Dr Kevin Moffat, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick

In a three-way collaboration between Leicester, Newcastle and Warwick a simple assessment method using e-discussion groups on a variety of student cohorts has been trialled. This makes good use of available Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs), promotes deep versus superficial learning, and encourages higher level learning competencies and inclusiveness. Based on the described experiences, practical guidelines for a model of online assessment are given.

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