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Cognitive Offloading and Assessment

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posted on 2020-01-01, 00:00 authored by Phillip DawsonPhillip Dawson
Cognitive offloading refers to using tools like notes, calculators or spellcheckers to reduce the cognitive demands of a task. Assessment has a patchy history in attending to cognitive offloading. In some settings, such as exams, there are explicit rules that relate to cognitive offloading, such as the allowance or prohibition of textbooks and notes. However in other settings, particularly authentic open-ended tasks there is less clarity. This chapter proposes principles for incorporating cognitive offloading into assessment, with a focus on transparency, programmatic assessment, evaluative judgement and authentic assessment.

History

Title of book

Re-imagining University Assessment in a Digital World

Volume

7

Series

The Enabling Power of Assessment

Chapter number

4

Pagination

37 - 48

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Berlin, Germany

ISBN-13

9783030419561

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

20

Editor/Contributor(s)

Margaret Bearman, Phillip Dawson, Rola Ajjawi, Joanna Tai, David Boud

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