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The evaluation and assessment dimension

Many theoretical and empirical analyses emphasize the importance of active participation and collaboration among students in promoting the effectiveness of online learning. However, in most online courses, traditional instructor-centered examination remains the primary means for assessing student performance, and collaborative learning is undervalued and so marginalized. In a large part, this is because the assessment of collaboration requires a radical rethinking of assessment methodologies. (Swan et al., 2006)

Given the characteristics and dynamics that distinguish NCL courses, one of the most critical aspects is evaluation of the progress that each learner makes, their contribution to and participation ...

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