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Synchronous virtual environments for e-assessment in higher education

Yuste-Tosinais R, Alonso-Díaz L, Blázquez-Entonado F ...see all

Comunicar, vol. 20, issue 39 (2012) pp. 159-167 Published by Grupo Communicar Ediciones

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Abstract

This research studies an assessment system of distance learning that combines an innovative virtual assessment tool and the use of synchronous virtual classrooms with videoconferencing, which could become a reliable and guaranteed model for the evaluation of university e-learning activities. This model has been tested in an online course for Secondary School Education Specialists for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American graduates. The research was designed from a qualitative methodology perspective and involved teachers, students and external assessors. During the whole process great care was taken to preserve data credibility, consistency and reliability, and a system of categories and subcategories that represents online assessment has been developed. The results confirm that we have made considerable progress in achieving a viable, efficient and innovative educational model that can be implemented in Higher Distance Education. Also, videoconferencing and synchronous virtual classrooms have proved to be efficient tools for evaluating the e-assessment method in virtual learning spaces. However, we need to keep testing this model in other educational scenarios in order to guarantee its viability.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Assessment
  • E-evaluation
  • E-learning
  • Higher education
  • Qualitative research
  • Synchronous environments
  • Teaching method innovations
  • Videoconferencing

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Authors

  • Laura AlonsoUniversidad de Extremadura

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  • Rocío Yuste-Tosinais

  • Florentino Blázquez-Entonado

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