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Publication Detail
Use of portfolio to assess the learning of a diverse group of students taking an online course in Economic Evaluation
  • Publication Type:
    Conference presentation
  • Authors:
    Haghparast-Bidgoli H, Skordis-Worrall J, Batura N, Hughes J
  • Date:
    03/04/2014
  • Name of Conference:
    UCL Teaching and Learning Conference
  • Conference place:
    London, UK
  • Conference start date:
    03/04/2014
  • Conference finish date:
    03/04/2104
Abstract
This study explored the perceptions and experiences of a group of students enrolled in an online course in Economic Evaluation. In particular, this study aimed to; 1) explore student perceptions of online learning before their exposure to the course, 2) understand the student experience of learning Economic Evaluation online, and 3) consider how the design of an online learning experience can overcome negative perceptions and meet or exceed positive expectations. To meet the objectives, a mixed methods approach to the collection of data was adopted, using both focus group discussions and an online survey. Thematic analysis was then used to synthesize the data collected and highlight key findings. The participants identified several positive and negative perceived attributes of online learning, many of which are well documented in the literature. In addition, after exposure to the course, participants reported several factors that affected their learning experience on this course, some of which have not yet been reported in the wider literature. The five main factors affecting learning on this course include; 1) Pace of learning in an online environment, 2) Learning style preference, 3) Immediacy of feedback, 4) Method of content delivery, and 5) Issues around navigating content. These findings could help improve online teaching practice and learning quality in future courses.
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