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Online homework and assessment systems fashion or fad

Online Homework and Assessment Systems: Fashion or Fad

ColoMATYC Annual Conference

Arapahoe Community College

Friday March 8, 2013

Jeffrey V. Berg

Arapahoe Community College

[email protected]


  • Products

  • Introductions – Survey of Current Practice

  • Background of Presenter

  • Strength and Advantages

  • Weaknesses and Disadvantages

  • Sample Homework/Prebuilt Courses

  • Reliability and Validity of Tests

  • Unexpected Philosophy Shift of Using Online Testing in a Face-to-Face Setting

  • Future Direction/Discussion Topics


Products
Products

MAA (open source) – Webworkhttp://webwork.maa.org/

Cengage – Enhanced WebAssignhttp://webassign.net/brookscole/

MacGraw Hill – Alekshttp://www.mhhe.com/success/math/aleks-homework.php

McGraw Hill – Connect

http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/connectweb/static_pages/index/index.html

Pearson – MyMathLab/MathXLhttp://pearsonmylabandmastering.com/

xyz Textbooks - http://www.xyzhomework.com/

WebAssign - http://webassign.net/

lyryx - http://www.lyryx.com/math.html


Introductions
Introductions

Name

Experience with online assessment

products

written homework only

written quizzes only

written test only

online and written homework

online and written quizzes

online and written tests

online homework only

online quizzes only

online test only


Background of presenter
Background of Presenter

Initial Skepticism

The Plunge – Fall 2008

Online College Algebra – 14 sections

Online Intermediate Algebra – 4 sections

Online Calculus I – 1 section (spring 2013)

Face-to-Face College and Intermediate Algebra

Face-to-Face Calculus I and II



Strengths and advantages1
Strengths and Advantages

  • Cost to student

  • Flexibility

  • Immediate feedback

  • Unlimited attempts (on homework)

  • Test Generation

  • Study aids

  • Automated grading

  • Compilation of student performance data

  • Record of student effort – time spent on assignments



Disadvantages and weaknesses1
Disadvantages and Weaknesses

  • Impersonal

  • Notational inflexibility for answers (?)

  • Written work not viewed by instructor

  • Student practice with hand-drawn graphs

    2013 Joint Meetings San Diego

    Customizable graphical user interface applets integrated with WeBWorK calculus problems.

    Daniel Gries*, Hopkins School (1086-VF-1023)

  • Immediate feedback hampers development of skills in reflection and patience


Time spent on homework
Time Spent on Homework

Initial philosophy – 5 questions per section

Sample Homework/Prebuilt course – about 20 questions per section

Fall 2011 MAT 121 106

sections 4.2-4.4

16 questions

approximate average time per student - 45 minutes

Spring 2013 MAT 121 106

sections 4.2-4.4

63 questions

mean time per student – 4 hours 2 minutes

median time per student – 2 hours 35 minutes


Sample homework prebuilt course
Sample Homework/Prebuilt Course

MAT 201 Calculus I – 24 hours 36 minutes

MAT 202 Calculus II – 27 hours 50 minutes

MAT 202 101 Spring 2013

15 sections of Homework

Roughly 4-6 hours per week on homework


Reliability and validity of tests
Reliability and Validity of Tests

“On-line Mathematics Education: Are We Upholding Our Responsibilities?”

Mathematical Association of America – Rocky Mountain Section Conference

Colorado School of Mines

April 17, 2009

Jeffrey V. Berg


Reliability and validity of tests1
Reliability and Validity of Tests

Academic Year 2012-2013

Fall 2012 Face-to-Face

Spring 2013 Online


Unexpected philosophy shift of online testing in a face to face setting
Unexpected Philosophy Shift of Online Testing in a Face-to-Face Setting

  • Test Security – Early Online Discussion

  • Two Attempts

  • Test Day Evolution


  • Products Face-to-Face Setting

  • Introductions – Survey of Current Practice

  • Background of Presenter

  • Strength and Advantages

  • Weaknesses and Disadvantages

  • Sample Homework/Prebuilt Courses

  • Reliability and Validity of Tests

  • Unexpected Philosophy Shift of Using Online Testing in a Face-to-Face Setting

  • Future Direction/Discussion Topics


Future direction discussion topic
Future Direction/Discussion Topic Face-to-Face Setting

  • Academic Integrity

  • Deficiencies

  • Two Attempts vs Practice Test/One Attempt

  • Assignment Deadlines

  • Show your Work

  • Professional Time Commitment


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