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Chapter 8 - Using Social Media for Assessment

from Part III - Advances, Trends, and Issues

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  18 December 2017

John C. Scott
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Next Generation Technology-Enhanced Assessment
Global Perspectives on Occupational and Workplace Testing
, pp. 217 - 238
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2017

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