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Web Based Tools For Assessment Automation

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2002 Annual Conference


Montreal, Canada

Publication Date

June 16, 2002

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June 16, 2002

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June 19, 2002



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Electrical and Computer Engineering Poster

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7.1304.1 - 7.1304.10



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Michael Lane

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Jim Harden

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In this paper we describe a computer-assisted automated system for EC2000 assessment. Calendar scheduling is used in conjunction with web-based assessment instruments using web scripts to funnel data into an SQL database. Though we offer no easy, all-encompassing solution, this paper does share our experiences in moving toward a maintainable system for supporting course evaluations, ethical and contemporary technical issues documentation, and a number of constituent surveys. Ideally, the infrastructure needed to enable program improvement would support the extraction of pertinent data from a common database, conveniently placed there on time by willing constituents. What may have been a relatively infrequent compilation of materials under the old criteria has been transformed into a process requiring continuous support. The acquisition and management of this data can be a concern for otherwise busy faculty members who may assume a responsible role for shepherding the assessment process. Though assessment events occur regularly, in some cases once or twice a year, they are not always so frequent as to make them routine. Since they are a part of a dynamic process of program improvement, the criteria and assessment methods are prone to change over time. It is clearly a non-trivial process and maintaining the quality of faculty and other constituent participation can require additional effort as the time becomes further removed from an accreditation site visit. We present a framework, primarily based on freeware, that promotes the goals of methodical, convenient, and secure data entry. This web-based system also supports data extraction, and outcome and objective analysis to reinforce the goals of program improvement under EC 2000.

Lane, M., & Harden, J. (2002, June), Web Based Tools For Assessment Automation Paper presented at 2002 Annual Conference, Montreal, Canada. 10.18260/1-2--10570

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