ERIC Number: ED200619
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Automating Exams for a Statistics Course: II. A Case Study.
Michener, R. Dean; And Others
A specific application of the process of automating exams for any introductory statistics course is described. The process of automating exams was accomplished by using the Statistical Test Item Collection System (STICS). This system was first used to select a set of questions based on course requirements established in advance; afterward, STICS was utilized to generate multiple exams from this collection of questions. The procedure for automating exams involved five steps: (1) establishing course objectives for the material to be covered; (2) selecting a question frame, or collection, to reflect the established objectives; (3) editing and extensive review of the questions considered for use; (4) refining the question frame and possible additions to it; and (5) generating exams using the conversational program BEGET. These five steps were covered in detail. The exam production process was illustrated by applying STICS in the context of an imaginary course that purported to promote student adoption of the critical, questioning outlook expressed in Huff's book, How to Lie with Statistics. Fifteen objectives defining what is expected of students completing the course, and exam questions and answers are provided in appendices. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Statistical Test Item Collection System
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Association for Educational Data Systems (16th, Atlanta, GA, May 16-19, 1978).