The challenge that the new digital technologies brings to education today is in the shift to online education. Online education, as delivered through Open Universities Australia, is open access, and affords entry into Higher Education for many non-traditional students who are much more diverse in terms of academic skills than traditional-entry students. The aim of this study was to improve academic writing skills, specifically in the correct use of APA formatting for psychology research reports. A „low-stakes‟ assessment task worth 5% replaced optional referencing, formatting and report writing exercises. The results found no improvement in student reports (i.e., no increase in assignment grades) in the intervention year compared to three other years where the tasks were optional.
Proceedings of 'Future challenges, sustainable futures', the 29th Annual Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference (ascilite 2012), Wellington, New Zealand, 25-28 November 2012 / M. Brown, M. Hartnett and T. Stewart (eds.), pp. 315-322