Getting results: Small changes, big cohorts and technology

Jacqueline L. Kenney

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    This paper presents an example of constructive alignment in practice. Integrated technology supports were deployed to increase the consistency between learning objectives, activities and assessment and to foster student-centred, higher-order learning processes in the unit. Modifications took place over nine iterations of a second-year Marketing unit and were guided by a design-based research approach. The aligned technologies were embedded in voluntary weekly tasks, feedback, lecture participation and research skill acquisition. Findings indicate that constructive alignment strengthens and is strengthened by technology supports, resulting in consistently improved learner experiences in small (under 60) and large (over 500) face-to-face cohorts, over time and in comparison to benchmark data derived from over 65 similar units. Heuristic themes emerging from the study conceive constructively aligned technology interventions as gateways, springboards and enablers to improved learning and learner experiences.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)873-889
    Number of pages17
    JournalHigher Education Research and Development
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012


    • design-based research
    • large cohorts
    • online support for face-to-face classes
    • student experience
    • technology-supported learning


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