Developing professional skills and competencies in tertiary learners through on-line assessment and peer support
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McLoughlin, C. & Luca, J. (2000). Developing professional skills and competencies in tertiary learners through on-line assessment and peer support. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2000 (pp. 668-673). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2000
Jacqueline Bourdeau & Rachelle Heller
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In professional organisations, employees are called on to evaluate solutions, solve ill-defined problems and engage in decision making based on actual situations and events. To develop such skills, tertiary learners have to learn to engage in tasks where such skills are likely to develop, and learn to reflect on their own behaviour and that of peers. In the research literature on learning and self-regulation, self and peer assessment are important strategies used to develop problem-solving skills that can be transferred to the workplace. On-line environments utilising asynchronous communication tools and tasks are ideal environments for the refinement of decision making and problem solving skills. This case study profiles an on-line approach to developing professional project management skills for multimedia developers and presents snapshot views of an online learning environment. The study also investigates learners' perceptions of the value of peer work in their own learning and shows that technology can support alternative assessment practices leading to development of professional skills and competencies.
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