oa The Journal of Independent Teaching and Learning - Does using the self-test tool in the online classroom lead to inspired learning?



Previous attempts to overcome the problem of my students not engaging with their work and taking responsibility for their learning have had limited success. The core of this paper describes the intervention of an online activity using the self-test tool with true and false questions to overcome this problem. First, the broader educational climate, policies and trends are outlined, theories relating to the specific problem are cited in support of my intervention and the rationale for the use of the methodology of action research is described. Secondly, I explain how a specific online activity was implemented, outline the feedbackreceived and reflect on my findings from this activity as well as subsequent online student engagement and their implications for future action. Based on these findings I conclude that student motivation to study and their performance in tests and examinations is enhanced by offering them self-tests as a means of engaging effectively with their discipline.


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