Developing assessment tasks to improve the performance of engineering students
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Assessment tasks are an important part of each course profile, which should be designed in a constructive manner that will not only allow students to achieve all learning objectives progressively, but will also help to improve the levels of intrinsic learning motivation among students, thus leading to superior learning outcomes. A good example of the assessment task can be an assignment, which is commonly used in engineering courses to grade the student's performance as well as provide timely feedback. However, it is still unclear as to how many assignments need to be offered to students to engage them in the learning process and help them develop a "deep" approach to learning. Recent research indicates that teachers tend to underestimate the time that students need to complete their assignments, which may lead to a "surface" approach to learning. The timing of assignment submission seems to also be important, and needs to be carefully designed to support the learning process.
Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference for the Australasian Association for Engineering Education (AAEE) : The Profession of Engineering Education: Advancing Teaching, Research and Careers
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