Learning Opportunities Through a Student-generated assessment tool


  • Joan Ploettner Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Universitat Internacional de Catalunya


The development of learning autonomy and the acquisition of professional discourse in a second language are current priorities of higher education content and language integrated learning (ICL-HE). Research regarding assessment of these objectives is lacking. This action research study explores the use of formative and self and peer assessment in the teaching of professional discourse in an ICL-HE context. It examines how student generation and application of an instrument to assess written professional discourse creates a knowledge building environment (KBE) and opportunities for learning and tracks the learning behaviour trajectory of one student. Interaction analysis is applied to audio and video data collected during a professional discourse writing activity.  Classroom data provides evidence for the creation of KBE and opportunities for learning.  Longitudinal data collected from one student reveals increasing orientation toward the learning object. The student generation of assessment instruments is a viable formative assessment technique in ICL-HE contexts.  


Higher education, ICL-HE, Assessment, Professional discourse, Learning Behavior Tracking


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Author Biography

Joan Ploettner, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Joan Ploettner is currently a doctoral candidate in the Education Department at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).  She is an associate professor at the Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, where she teaches Content and Language Integrated courses focusing on research design in the in the Master of Research in Nursing Program and in the undergraduate programs of health sciences. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of California at Berkeley, a Physician Assistant Degree from Stanford University, and a Degree in Physical Therapy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona.




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