Post-Graduate Research Opportunity (PhD Level 10) at the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown

ITB is now looking for a Research Student to work on the A-Class (Authentic Cloudbased Assessment) research project. This is a PhD studentship which will be funded for the first two years. PhD candidates are normally registered on a research MSc (Level 9) degree and will later transfer to a PhD (Level 10) degree on successful completion of a research committee review which normally takes place in the second year of a project.

Overview of the Project:

As education continuously evolves towards a primarily constructivist model so too does the level of requirement for continuous assessment. As the level of continuous assessment increases there will be an increased need for software and technology support to enhance the continuous assessment processes that are proliferating throughout the education sector. This research proposes the development and review of the effectiveness of a third-level authentic cloud-based assessment (A-Class) software system. The proposed software system will be designed to codify constructivist educational theories and processes and will investigate possible constructivist software supports including the addition of self-assessment into a continuous assessment process in order to formalize and record continuous feedback. There are a number of research questions that will be investigated as part of this project but central to this research will be the ability to support continuous assessment using a cloud-based approach and the potential benefits of this type of software support. In a more general sense the use of touch screen technologies and mobiles applications (Apps) within the educational sector will also be explored. The challenge herein is to create and design software that enhances the leaner experience while also delivering systems that support educators in terms of module delivery, communication, continuous quality improvement and accountability.

This project is funded per annum for €12k from the Institute of Technology Blanchardstown. The funding of €12k p.a. includes €6k stipend plus remainder for student fees and project budget.

To apply for the project please email a C.V. with a covering letter Shane Walsh:

Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 13th December 2013.

Interviews will take place on Thursday 19th December 2013.

Job Description – A Class


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