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Case studies: Academics' use of the social web for assessing student learning


The 17 case studies presented here provide detailed descriptions of academics' use of the social web for assessing student learning in a range of learning and teaching settings. In some cases, participants were introducing new assignments involving social web technologies. In other cases, they had been using social web activities in their teaching for a number of years.

These case studies were compiled from in-depth ethnographic studies carried out in five Australian universities between January and June 2010. They involved regular interviews with the teaching staff who volunteered to participate, collection of relevant materials and examples, and observation of classroom and online assessment practices where possible.

A good practice framework was drafted as a basis for discussion and reflection during data collection; this framework was refined and expanded through the process and converted into this web2assessmentresources wiki.The draft good practice framework is available here: ALTC-ASW2A-Guidelines-draft-Feb2010.pdf

Each case study report describes the teaching and learning context of a social web assignment as well as its design, implementation, marking and evaluation. The reports have been compiled from field notes that project team members collected during the studies. The reports include quotes from the participating lecturers and, where appropriate, extracts from the study guides and course materials provided to the students (all extracts from course materials are italicised in the reports).

The summary below provides links to each case study report:

  • Case Study 1: A blogging assignment worth 30% of the subject mark, using Blogger with 65 undergraduate students, in a Cultural Studies subject.
  • Case Study 2: A blogging assignment worth 30% of the subject mark, using Blackboard with 90 undergraduate students in a Cinema Studies subject.
  • Case Study 3: A blogging assignment worth 40% of the subject mark, using Wordpress with 19 postgraduate students in a Media Studies subject.
  • Case Study 4: A blogging assignment worth 40% of the subject mark, using Wordpress with 60 postgraduate students in an Information Management subject.
  • Case Study 5: A blogging assignment worth 20% of the subject mark, with 18 postgraduate students in a Legal Studies subject.
  • Case Study 6: An assignment worth 70% of the subject mark, using various Web 2.0 tools with 36 postgraduate students in an Education subject.
  • Case Study 7: A social networking assignment worth 16% of the subject mark, using Bebo with 400 undergraduate students in a Languages subject.
  • Case Study 8: A photo sharing assignment worth 60% of the subject mark, using Flickr with 150 undergraduate students in a Communication Design subject.
  • Case Study 9: A vodcasting assignment worth 20% of the subject mark, using Blackboard with 60 postgraduate students in an Economics subject.
  • Case Study 10: A vodcasting assignment worth 25% of the subject mark, using Pebblepad with 100 postgraduate students in a Business subject.
  • Case Study 11: A virtual worlds assignment worth 10% of the subject mark, using Second Life with 140 undergraduate students in a Languages subject.
  • Case Study 12: A wiki writing assignment worth 25% of the subject mark, using Blackboard with 118 postgraduate students in an Accounting subject.
  • Case Study 13: A wiki writing assignment worth 100% of the subject mark, using Pbworks with 20 postgraduate students in an Education subject.
  • Case Study 14: A wiki writing assignment worth 40% of the subject mark, using Blackboard with 50 undergraduate/postgraduate students in a Science subject.
  • Case Study 15: A wiki writing assignment worth 20% of the subject mark, using Moodle with 41 postgraduate students in an Information Technology subject.
  • Case Study 16: A wiki writing assignment worth 10% of the subject mark, using Moodle with 17 undergraduate students in an Information Technology subject.
  • Case Study 17: A wiki writing assignment worth 15% of the subject mark, using Blackboard with 70 undergraduate students in a Languages subject.


Page source:
Gray, K., Waycott, J., Thompson, C., Clerehan, R., Sheard, J., Hamilton, M., & Richardson, J. (2011) Using Social Web (Web 2.0) Activities for Student Assessment: Resources for University Learning and Teaching. Retrieved from https://web2assessmentresources.wikispaces.com