On-line question-posing and peer-assessment as means for web-based knowledge sharing in learning

Miri Barak, Sheizaf Rafaeli

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This study is an examination of a novel way for merging assessment and knowledge sharing in the context of a hybrid on-line learning system used in a postgraduate MBA course. MBA students carried out an on-line Question-Posing Assignment (QPA) that consisted of two components: Knowledge Development and Knowledge Contribution. The students also performed self- and peer-assessment and took an on-line examination, all administered by QSIA - an on-line system for assessment and knowledge sharing. Our objective was to explore student's learning and knowledge sharing while engaged in the above. Findings indicated that even controlling for the students' prior knowledge or abilities, those who were highly engaged in on-line question-posing and peer-assessment activity received higher scores on their final examination compared to their counter peers. The results provide evidence that web-based activities can serve as both learning and assessment enhancers in higher education by promoting active learning, constructive criticism and knowledge sharing. We propose the on-line QPA as a methodology, and QSIA system as the technology for merging assessment and knowledge sharing in higher education.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)84-103
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Human Computer Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2004

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to thank Caesarea Edmond Benjamin de Rothschild Foundation, Institute for Interdisciplinary Applications of Computer Science and IUCEL—the Israeli Inter-University Center for E-Learning for supporting this research.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education
  • General Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Hardware and Architecture


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