Mapolisa and Tshabalala
Greener Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3 (6), pp. 258-265, August 2013
ISSN: 2276-7789 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 051713621
The Utility of Course Team Approach in the Setting of Assignment and Examination Items in Search of Quality Assessment at the Zimbabwe Open University
*1Prof. Tichaona Mapolisa and 2Dr.Thembinkosi Tshabalala
1Acting Chairperson for the Department of Educational Studies and National Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Education in Educational Management in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.
2Senior Lecturer and National Programme Leader for the Master of Education in Educational Management in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.
Email: 2 tshabalalathembinkosi @ yahoo.com, Phone: +263 776 425 222
*Corresponding Author’s Email: tichmap @ gmail.com / tichmapolisa @ yahoo.co.uk,
Phone: +263 733 608 577 or +263 775 987 351
The focus of the paper is on
the utility of the course team approach in the setting of
assignment and examination items at the Zimbabwe Open
University’s (ZOU’s) Department of Education during the year
2011. It conveniently sampled 28 tutors, that is, seven
Programme Leaders and one Chairperson based at the National
Centre and 20 Regional Programme Co-ordinators. An
open-ended questionnaire was the research instrument.The
study found out that course team approach could be
responsible enough for the development and assignment items
that are valid,reliable and able to stand against test of
time. It enables tutors to set quality assured assignment
and examination items.It concluded that course team approach
is the bedrock on which quality assessment procedures and
practices could be banked on. It recommended for the need of
the ZOU to regularly train members of the Department of
Education in the standard practices of assignment and
examination item setting through the use of course teams.
Keywords: Utility, course team, course team approach, assignment items, examination items and quality.