Higher education students' use of technologies for assessment within Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)

Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


School of Education / Edith Cowan Institute for Education Research




Lounsbury, L., Mildenhall, P., Bolton, D., Northcote, M. T., & Anderson, A. (2015). Higher education student's use of technologies for assessment within personal learning environments (PLEs). In ascilite2015 Conference Proceedings (p. 202). Perth, WA: Curtin University. Available here


Higher education students' use of technologies has been documented over the years but their specific use of technologies for assessment-related tasks has yet to be fully investigated. Researchers at two higher education institutions recently conducted a study which sought to discover the technologies most commonly used by students within their Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). A specific aim of the study was to determine which of these technologies the students used when they complete and submit assessment tasks such as assignments and examinations. Results from questionnaires, focus groups and mapping exercises are reported and the implications of the findings for developing institutional infrastructure to engage students and support their learning are highlighted.

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