Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Special issue 2011, Volume 27: Call for articles
Assessing students' Web 2.0 activities in higher education
Articles are invited for a forthcoming special issue of AJET to be published in 2011, entitled Assessing students' Web 2.0 activities in higher education, edited by Dr Judy Sheard (Monash University) and Dr Jenny Waycott (The University of Melbourne). To be announced in AJET Editorial 26(7) and emailings to various listservers and society news bulletins, Assessing students' Web 2.0 activities will be AJET's second special issue.
A recent article published in the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology noted that while there are many published case studies demonstrating the use of Web 2.0 (social web) technologies in higher education, these rarely contain details about how students' activities have been assessed (Gray et al, 2010). To date, little attention has been given in the peer-reviewed literature to issues relating to the assessment of students' social web activities - and the unique challenges and opportunities that this form of assessment may create for academic integrity, standards, and assessment practices.
Assessment activities using Web 2.0 technologies can differ substantially from the sorts of assignments that students and staff may be used to. Student authoring in a social web environment may involve, for instance, collaborative authoring, informal styles of writing, and creating or engaging with different forms of media. Web 2.0 activities include blogging/microblogging, audio/video podcasting, social bookmarking, social networking, virtual world activities, and collaborative wiki writing.
Using Web 2.0 technologies, students' work may be published in an open forum for other students to view and comment on, or for an external audience to read and respond to. Questions about appropriate assessment practices and academic standards in this environment need to be interrogated to ensure academics are aware of the complex issues and challenges involved in using these new forms of assessment and learning activities in higher education.
This special issue will bring together papers that identify opportunities, issues, challenges, and examples of good practice in the assessment of students' Web 2.0 activities in higher education settings. Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
|Dec 2010 - Jan 2011||Call for expressions of interest|
|10 January 2011||Extended abstracts due|
|14 January 2011||Invitations issued to selected authors to submit full papers|
|28 February 2011||Full papers due|
|15 April 2011||Notification of acceptances|
|16 May 2011||Revised papers due|
|1 July 2011||Delivery of articles to AJET|
|late July - early Aug 2011||Publication of the special issue|
The Guest editors will review these abstracts and identify 10-12 abstracts that would be suitable to be submitted as full papers (5,000-7,000 words) for this special issue. We will invite papers that cover a broad spectrum of social web assessment activities and demonstrations of different social web technologies used in a range of learning and teaching settings. Each full paper will be peer blind reviewed by at least three reviewers, who will assess the paper's suitability for inclusion in the special issue, based on:
Faculty of Information Technology
|Dr Sheard has leadership roles both nationally and internationally in the computing education research community. She is co-director of the Computing Education Research Group at Monash and current chair of the Australasian chapter of the ACM special interest group in computing education (SIGCSE). She has published more than 90 peer-reviewed publications on IT education and educational technology, and has over 20 years teaching experience in IT. Together with three other colleagues she was awarded the 2002 Monash Vice Chancellor's Award for Team-based Educational Development. She has worked on a number of computing education related projects including three ALTC (Carrick, AUTC) grants. She is currently a member of the project team for the ALTC project Web 2.0 authoring tools in higher education learning and teaching: New directions for assessment and academic integrity. [Personal Page] [Web 2.0 Assessment]|
Educational Technology Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
|Dr Waycott has a PhD from the Institute of Educational Technology, The Open University, UK, and has been involved in educational technology research for the past decade. She has published widely in international peer-reviewed journals and has presented at numerous international educational technology conferences. She is currently employed as an Educational Technology Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at The University of Melbourne and is project manager for the ALTC project Web 2.0 authoring tools in higher education learning and teaching: New directions for assessment and academic integrity. [Personal Page] [Web 2.0 Assessment]|
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