Large-scale Computer-Assisted Assessment in Computer Science Education: New Possibilities, New Questions
In: Proceedings of Workshop on Blended Learning 2007, edited by Joseph Fong and Fu Lee Wang. Pearson, pages 257--266.
Since 2003 we have successively introduced the use of e-learning and computer-assisted assessment (CAA) components into all of our courses, namely online multiple-choice tests, electronic submission of assignments, and automatic testing of programs. We originally did not intend to make major changes to the courses; our primary motivation was just to make them more efficient and more effective by freeing teachers from administrative burdens and by offering more flexibility and interactivity for students. After several semesters of usage we have noticed, however, that the courses have changed much more radically than originally envisaged. The electronic support of face-to-face courses offers many new possibilities, but it also opens up new questions. This paper describes our system and our experience, and discusses some of the questions we have encountered.