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Journey to Accreditation: Assessment Made Easy

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Computing & Information Technology Division Technical Session

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Alireza Farahani

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Dr. Farahani earned his B.Sc. (1985) from university of Buffalo and subsequently received his M.Sc. (1988) and Ph.D. (1993) from the University of Rhode Island. He did his PhD thesis in optimal control of drug administration in cancer chemotherapy. Dr. Farahani served as Mathematics and Computer Information System faculty at Fort Hays State University from 1996 to 2002. In 2002, he joined the faculty at National University in the school of Business and Information Management. He is currently an associate faculty in the School of Engineering and Technology at National University and leads the computer science program. He served as the chair of the department of Management and Information Systems (2002 – 2004.) and more recently as the chair of department of Computer Science and Information Systems at National University. Dr. Farahani’s research interests are in optimization theory and algorithm design. He is also interested in mathematics and computer science education focusing on innovative integration of technology to enhance teaching and learning in these areas.

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Mudasser Fraz Wyne National University

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I have a Ph.D. in Computer Science, M.Sc. in Engineering, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. Currently I serve as a Chair for Department of Computer Science, Information and Media Systems and Professor of Computer Science at School of Engineering and Computing, National University. I am also the Program Lead for MS in Information Technology Management and have also served recently as the lead for BSc in Information Systems, the co-Lead for MSc Computer Science and Program Lead for MSc in Database Administration programs. My association with ABET (Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology) US dates back to 2001, as a certified program evaluator for BSc in Computer Science and BSc in Information Systems. At present, I am also serving as the Commissioner for the Computer Accreditation Commission (CAC). Previously, I have taught at 6 different countries for over 25 years. I have been privileged to be part of the DESY Group (Deutches Elecktronen Synchrotron), Hamburg Germany, as a research fellow, and worked with an MIT group, led by a Nobel laureate.

On the research side, I have been fortunate enough to secure a number of grants and have served on numerous international Ph.D. Thesis committees, been a member of the editorial boards for 7 international journals, and served as the Chair and Co-Chair for 12 international conferences. For recognition of my research activities, I have been invited to a number of international conferences as Invited Speaker, chaired panel discussions and numerous international conference sessions. I have served on more than 150 international conference program committees. Furthermore, I have published number of articles in peer-reviewed international journals and conferences. I am also an active member of ACM, ASEE, ASEE/PSW and CSAB.

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Lu Zhang National University

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Dr. Lu Zhang is an Associate Professor at National University in the School of Engineering and Computing at 3678 Aero Court, San Diego, CA, 92123, USA. His main research interests include science and engineering education, database technologies, data science, leadership, and strategic management. Dr. Zhang received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Iowa State University. He is the Program Lead for the BS in Information Systems program.
He teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Computer Science, Information Systems, and Data Analytics. He has a special interest in ethical conducts in multicultural settings.

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Assessment is a scientific measure for assessing learning abilities of students. It measures students understanding of concepts and/or procedures by having to show what students have learned. Data are continuously gathered, analyzed and used for decision making at the program and department level assessment. In addition, assessment of program learning outcomes are among critical components of an overall program review, evaluation and continuous improvement. Assessment of student outcomes and the individual course learning outcomes are among critical components of an overall program review, evaluation and continuous improvement. Faculty tend to seek the least time consuming, yet valid and meaningful ways to prepare for and collect data for assessment purposes. A common approach for applying assessment in a course is to employ embedded questions in the assignments, quizzes, lab exercises or/and exams. The purpose of these questions is to directly address a particular course learning outcome that in turn is linked to a program learning outcome. This practice is often used to evaluate the effectiveness of a course as well as to identify any need for course modifications and improvements. When assessment is in the form of a test, then the administration, collection and the final aggregate report generation becomes a times consuming task that often introduces delays in planning. In this paper we present a web-based software tool that is primarily designed and developed for automating the course assessment process. It automates the test creation, grading and the final report generation that can help save time, reduce errors and produce variety of report summaries for better decision making.

Farahani, A., & Wyne, M. F., & Zhang, L. (2016, June), Journey to Accreditation: Assessment Made Easy Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25507

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