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Type: Conference paper
Title: Increasing the effectiveness of automated assessment by increasing marking granularity and feedback units
Author: Falkner, N.
Vivian, R.
Piper, D.
Falkner, K.
Citation: Proceedings of the 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 2014 / Dougherty, J., Nagel, K., Decker, A., Eiselt, K. (ed./s), pp.9-14
Publisher: ACM New York
Issue Date: 2014
ISBN: 978-1-4503-2605-6
Conference Name: 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE '14) (5 Mar 2014 - 8 Mar 2014 : Atlanta, Georgia)
Editor: Dougherty, J.
Nagel, K.
Decker, A.
Eiselt, K.
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Nickolas Falkner, Rebecca Vivian, David Piper and Katrina Falkner
Abstract: Computer-based assessment is a useful tool for handling large-scale classes and is extensively used in the automated assessment of student programming assignments in Computer Science. The forms that this assessment takes, however, can vary widely from simple acknowledgement to a detailed analysis of output, structure and code. This study focusses on output analysis of submitted student assignment code and the degree to which changes in automated feedback influence student marks and persistence in submission. Data was collected over a four year period, over 22 courses but we focus on one course for this paper. Assignments were grouped by the number of different units of automated feedback that were delivered per assignment to investigate if students changed their submission behaviour or performance as the possible set of marks, that a student could achieve, changed. We discovered that pre-deadline results improved as the number of feedback units increase and that post-deadline activity was also improved as more feedback units were available.
Keywords: Automated assessment, feedback, student performance
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DOI: 10.1145/2538862.2538896
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