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Assessment Theory and Practice in Thesis Supervision: A Study of Information and Communication Technology Enabled System (SciPro) for Effective Evaluation
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences.
2013 (English)In: EDEN 2013 Annual Conference: The Joy of Learning. Enhancing Learning Experience Improving Learning Quality. Book of Abstracts / [ed] Morten Flate Paulsen, András Szucs, European Distance and E-Learning Network , 2013, 79-79 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
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This paper discusses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) support for thesis supervision assessment from a theoretical point of view. A case study methodology was selected due to the qualitative nature of this research and data collected through the observations and development team discussions. Formative and summative assessment methods were selected from the literature for the main discussion from the thesis supervision assessment point of view. Thesis supervision is a special type of pedagogy, which creates a flexible learning and teaching environment. Students and supervisors collaboratively work for designing a learning process to accomplish objectives of the thesis. Although the academic institution provides a general structure for the thesis supervision process, students and supervisors are in an unstructured environment, which can easily deviate from the study plan and hence, continuous assessment is highly required. Formative assessment methods provide a continuous feedback to both supervisors and students to take necessary actions to re-align the process. Summative assessments are used to assess the overall quality of the product in a particular point. When compared with traditional classroom teaching assessment practices, implementation of summative and formative assessment in thesis supervision process is a challenging task. Although both, formative and summative methods contribute to produce a quality thesis, implementation of formative assessment methods are more complex than summative methods. “SciPro”, a web based thesis supervision information system was observed as a critical case. The observation of the selected case confirms that, facilities in ‘SciPro’ have implemented formative and summative assessment principles and we argue that ICT enabled thesis supervision is highly supportive for implementing assessment theories in thesis supervision process.

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European Distance and E-Learning Network , 2013. 79-79 p.
Keyword [en]
Thesis supervision, Assessment methods, ICT support for assessment
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Information Systems
Research subject
Computer and Systems Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97707ISBN: 978-963-89559-2-0OAI: diva2:679937
EDEN 2013, 12-15 June, Oslo, Norway
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2014-01-02Bibliographically approved

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