San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Effects of an Online Assessment on Student Behavior and Performance in Precalculus and Calculus CoursesIn the fall of 2008 [State University] began using an ALEKS (Assessment and Learning inKnowledge Spaces)1 assessment as an initial exam in Precalculus and Calculus courses. This isa roughly 2 hour, online, unproctored assessment of algebra and other precalculus topics. In2009 we reported on the effects this had on pass rates in the two courses.2 In this paper willrecap the history of the last 4 years of ALEKS assessments, discuss pro’s and con’s of using theassessment, and address two fundamental questions: (1) What effect does the required ALEKSassessment have on student behavior and performance? (2) Is the effect valuable enough tocontinue the practice? Although there are no hard answers, and much information is anecdotal,we revisit the pass rate data and introduce additional metrics that are pertinent to these questions.1. ALEKS, http://www.aleks.com2. Reference to authors earlier work (omitted during blind review).
Feldman, A., & Bullock, D., & Callahan, J. (2012, June), Using Online Assessment and Practice to Achieve Better Retention and Placement in Precalculus and Calculus Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--22190
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