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WIP: Lessons Learned from Applying Standards-based Grading to a Software Verification Course

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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Software Engineering Division Technical Session 2

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Walter W. Schilling Jr. Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Walter Schilling is a Professor in the Software Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his B.S.E.E. from Ohio Northern University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He worked for Ford Motor Company and Visteon as an Embedded Software Engineer for several years prior to returning for doctoral work. He has spent time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and consulted for multiple embedded systems companies in the Midwest. In addition to one U.S. patent, Schilling has numerous publications in refereed international conferences and other journals. He received the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Doctoral Fellowship and has received awards from the IEEE Southeastern Michigan and IEEE Toledo Sections. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society and ASEE. At MSOE, he coordinates courses in software verification, real time systems, operating systems, and cybersecurity topics.

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One of the newer approaches to grading and assessment is standards-based grading. Standards Based Grading, otherwise known as SBG, directly measures student’s proficiency in a course based upon specific course learning outcomes. This approach offers an alternative to traditional, summative based grading systems. Thus far, there have been very few attempts to integrate standards-based grading into computing fields. This work in progress paper will discuss the process of how SBG is being integrated in a sophomore level software verification course. The paper will include a listing of the specific concepts assessed in the course as well as a discussion of the mechanisms used to provide feedback to students on their performance. The paper will also provide a discussion of the challenges of integrating SBG into a college course, and some of the reasons why a complete SBG approach has not yet been undertaken for the course.

Schilling, W. W. (2020, June), WIP: Lessons Learned from Applying Standards-based Grading to a Software Verification Course Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35556

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