The Student Perspective on Assessment: A Preference Elicitation Method

Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:30:00 GMT - Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:00:00 GMT, 12:30

At AM207, Arts Millennium Building

Organised by CELT

Brendan Kennelly, J.E Cairnes School of Business and Economics


Technological advances have led to a rise in a variety of ways of delivering these in-semester assignments, most notably, the use of online assignment systems. Disciplines such as economics have already experienced a large increase in the use of online assignment services. While other studies have investigated the possible outcomes of varying these assignment systems, no robust study has been conducted to investigate what attributes of assignments (e.g. online or paper) are especially useful and valuable to students. The main contribution of this paper is to use a Discrete Choice Experiment (DCE) to elicit students’ preferences for various possible attributes of assignment systems. After conducting the DCE on a sample of second year business majors our results indicate that students have the greatest preference for assignment systems that provide the greatest relevance towards the end of year exam and also provide a high level of feedback. Our results also indicate that there is a high degree of heterogeneity within the student cohort in their preferences towards various attributes of assignment systems with some students willing to pay over €180 for assignment systems that have a high level of exam relevance while others only willing to pay €30.


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