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ERIC Number: EJ961526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1741-5659
E-Assessment and Software Testing
Usener, Claus A.; Majchrzak, Tim A.; Kuchen, Herbert
Interactive Technology and Smart Education, v9 n1 p46-56 2012
Purpose: To overcome the high manual effort of assessments for teaching personnel, e-assessment systems are used to assess students using information systems (IS). The purpose of this paper is to propose an extension of EASy, a system for e-assessment of exercises that require higher-order cognitive skills. The latest module allows assessing programming exercises in conjunction with particular test-driven-development and back-to-back testing. Design/methodology/approach: EASy was developed following a design science research approach. To prove the effectiveness of the approach, the authors discuss findings from a survey that was conducted with almost 200 students from a programming lecture and present quantitative and qualitative findings. Findings: Most students reflected positively on using EASy. EASy proves to be a versatile tool and the extension meets the authors' aims. Several details require further investigation, most notably usability and the support of tutors. Research limitations/implications: E-assessment is a field that requires much future research to enable commercial-scale systems for assessment of higher-order cognitive skills. The authors' research is currently limited in the number of exercise types the system supports. Practical implications: EASy is a research tool despite being used in actual lectures. It is not yet a general e-assessment solution. Originality/value: While EASy is a research prototype, its usage in lectures demonstrates the practicability of using e-assessment. EASy currently is one of the few systems with advanced capabilities. The paper strongly contributes to the knowledge base on building e-assessment systems; thus, it is relevant both for practitioners seeking to establish e-assessment and to researchers trying to understand the future needs towards comparable systems. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany