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Changes in approaches to learning among undergraduate sports science students following a programme of weekly online assessments

Author(s): Dominic Micklewright | Linda Pearsall | Martin Sellens

Journal: Journal of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism Education
ISSN 1473-8376

Volume: 9;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 141;
Date: 2010;
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Keywords: computer assisted assessment | constructive alignment | e-learning | feedback

This study aimed to investigate weekly online assessment as a teaching and learning method for undergraduate sport scientists. Undergraduate sport science students (n = 140) were surveyed about their attitudes towards learning before and after completing seven summative weekly online assessments. Three distinct student attitudes were revealed from the survey outcomes reflecting (a) beliefs about online assessment benefits, (b) self management strategies, and (c) information strategies. After the programme, students reported studying more frequently between lectures and reading more selectively, but no relationship with assessment performance was found. Weekly online assessment is partially supported as a useful method for engaging students in learning activities.

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