Effectiveness of self-assessment quizzes as a learning tool

Aravinthan, Vasantha and Aravinthan, Thiru (2010) Effectiveness of self-assessment quizzes as a learning tool. In: EE 2010: Inspiring the Next Generation of Engineers , 6-8 Jul 2010, Birmingham, UK.

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Abstract

To enhance the students' learning experience, self-assessment formative quizzes are being incorporated into the curriculum by several lecturers. With the technological developments in webbased delivery, online quizzes may be an effective learning tool, especially when courses are offered via external mode of study. Among the several advantages of providing online quizzes, the most attractive feature is providing the correct answer and appropriate feedback immediately after students attempt a quiz. This paper evaluates the overall performance of students in two engineering courses where self-assessment quizzes were made available through the e-learning system. As formative assessment, it was noted that the frequent attempts by students tend to cluster near the final examination period, however, a few students attempted them as soon as they were released. The results showed there is a strong correlation between students who attempt the quizzes and their overall student performance assessed by final grades. This paper will further discuss the important aspects that need to be considered when developing well formulated quizzes for technical courses and thereby maximising their potential as an effective learning tool.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
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Additional Information: 'Copyright © 2010 Aravinthan, V and Aravinthan, T: The authors assign to the EE2010 organisers and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced. The authors also grant a non-exclusive licence to the Engineering Subject Centre to publish this document in full on the World Wide Web (prime sites and mirrors) on flash memory drive and in printed form within the EE2010 conference proceedings. Any other usage is prohibited without the express permission of the authors.' Deposited with permission of authors.
Depositing User: Dr Vasantha Aravinthan
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2010 02:07
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-assessment; web-based delivery; quizzes; e-learning systems; effective learning; engineering course; formative assessment; learning tool; student performance
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130309 Learning Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8441

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