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Title:Efficacy of frequent, secure, automated testing on student academic performance
Author(s):Nip, Terence
Advisor(s):Gunter, Elsa L.
Department / Program:Computer Science
Discipline:Computer Science
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):computer science
automated testing
Abstract:This thesis discusses the effects of frequent, secure automated testing on student performance in CS 421, a class titled Programming Languages and Compilers at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign, and examines in-depth the tools utilized to enable such testing. In particular, it looks into the use of PrairieLearn and the Computer-based Testing Center as a testing platform and service to determine the ramifications of automated testing. It was found that students experienced up to a 12 percent increase in their final grade in Fall 2015 over students in Fall 2014. Additionally, it was shown that the use of custom-built tools on PrairieLearn in enabling testing of Programming Languages-related concepts did not adversely affect and in some cases, statistically significantly increased student grades.
Issue Date:2016-04-29
Rights Information:Copyright 2016 Terence Nip
Date Available in IDEALS:2016-07-07
Date Deposited:2016-05

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