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Fairness, Equality and Reducing ‘Free-Riding’: A Case Study on Implementing the Viva Warning Approach to Group Assessment

Cock, Steven, Hopkins, Julia and Clayton, Luke (2018) Fairness, Equality and Reducing ‘Free-Riding’: A Case Study on Implementing the Viva Warning Approach to Group Assessment. In: Talking About Teaching, 26 June 2018, York St John University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The challenges of implementing group assessments effectively within higher education are often well-known to academic staff. Allocation of marks and issues of fairness in the assessment are longstanding issues in pedagogic literature. Another common problem for both staff and students is the issue of ‘free-riding’. Having introduced a viva warning approach to group assessment in a first-year (level four) undergraduate sports studies module in 2015-16, this presentation will examine the continued revision and development of this system during the following 2016-17 academic year. Drawing upon empirical data generated through questionnaires and focus groups, staff and student experiences of group assessment will be examined. It will be argued that ongoing revisions to the viva warning approach provided an appropriate basis to continue to manage instances of free-riding more effectively within the group work process.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Unpublished
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3196

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