Assessment in first-year ICT education in Australia: research and practice

Judy Sheard, Michael Morgan, Matthew Butler, Katrina Falkner, Simon, Amali Weerasinghe

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This paper presents an investigation of assessment in firstyear Information and Communications Technology (ICT) courses with a focus on Australian universities. This study was part of a project that aimed to identify and disseminate good practices in first-year ICT teaching in Australian universities. Through a systematic review of the last five years of research literature and interviewing 30 academics who were involved in the design and delivery of the first-year learning experience in Australian universities, we have formed a comprehensive view of current assessment practices, and outlined the unique challenges faced by teachers when designing assessment for their first-year ICT students. Key findings of the literature survey and the insights gained from the academic participants have been collated to provide examples of good practice in the field and to recommend areas for further investigation.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE 2015)
EditorsDaryl D'Souza, Katrina Falkner
Place of PublicationSydney NSW Australia
PublisherAustralian Computer Society Inc
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781921770425
ISBN (Print)9781921770425
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2015 - Sydney, Australia
Duration: 27 Jan 201530 Jan 2015
Conference number: 17th (Proceedings)

Publication series

NameConferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology Series
ISSN (Print)1445-1336


ConferenceAustralasian Computing Education Conference 2015
Abbreviated titleACE 2015
OtherACE is held in conjunction with Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW).
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  • Academic integrity
  • Assessment
  • First year
  • Student experience

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