Combining unsupervised and invigilated assessment of introductory programming

Teague, Donna M., Fidge, Colin J., & Xu, Yue (2016) Combining unsupervised and invigilated assessment of introductory programming. In Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference (ACSW '16), 2-5 February 2016, Canberra, A.C.T.

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We compared student performance on large-scale take-home assignments and small-scale invigilated tests that require competency with exactly the same programming concepts. The purpose of the tests, which were carried out soon after the take home assignments were submitted, was to validate the students' assignments as individual work.

We found widespread discrepancies between the marks achieved by students between the two types of tasks. Many students were able to achieve a much higher grade on the take-home assignments than the invigilated tests. We conclude that these paired assessments are an effective way to quickly identify students who are still struggling with programming concepts that we might otherwise assume they understand, given their ability to complete similar, yet more complicated, tasks in their own time. We classify these students as not yet being at the neo-Piagetian stage of concrete operational reasoning.

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ID Code: 94973
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Tertiary education, Introductory computer programming, HERN
DOI: 10.1145/2843043.2843064
ISBN: 9781450340427
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
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