How Shall we Assess This?
Working Group Members
Janet's current research interests are focused upon the students'
perspective; the nature of the informal symmetrical working
relationships that students form and their reaction to changing
teaching practices. This encomapasses the nature of assessment,
plagiarism and gender issues. She currently teaches Mathematics to
undergraduate students and Network Analysis to postgraduates. Before
teaching at university she taught Mathematics and IT to 11-18 year
John English, University of Brighton, UK
John has been involved in various forms of computer-aided assessment
for the last several years, largely as a response to ever-increasing
student numbers and marking loads. These include automatically
programming and webpage design exercises, semi-automated formal
programming exams, and the use of individually-tailored exercises.
His interest in this working group stems from a desire to put this
work in a larger context, and to find out whether he is actually doing
the right thing or not...
Kirsti Ala-Mutka, Tampere University of Technology, Finland
Kirsti has been using and developing automatic program evaluation and
assessment tools on basic programming courses for several years. At
moment, she lectures Introductory Course on Computing and
coordinates a Finnish virtual university project OSCu. She is preparing her
doctoral thesis on tools that support programming education.
She is also interested in how using automatic assessment affects
students' learning outcomes and behaviour.
Martin Dick, Monash University, Australia
My research focus is to develop tools and methodologies to aid the
automation of assessment. My approach is based upon the mapping of
assessment methods and leaning paradigms to produce topologies and
frameworks. These are then used in the design of assessment to
identify and address both technological and pedagogical requirements.
Ursula's research interest in this subject is in the appropriateness of
Bloom's and other taxonomies for CS assessment. She is interested in
how this fits with the current pressure in the UK to relate assessment
to learning outcomes for modules, and the difficulties lecturers have
in relating concepts of learning outcomes and assessment criteria to
their practice in designing and assessing modules.
Judy Sheard, Monash University, Australia
Judy has been teaching programming to undergraduate and graduate
students at Monash University, Australia, for the last 14 years. Her
main research focus is in looking at how students conceptualise and use
Web-based learning environments, and exploring the factors which
influence students' experiences with these environments. However,
another research interest is investigating cheating and plagiarism
among university students and this has led to my interest in this
working group where I hope we can explore issues of student cheating
related to automated assessment.
Petco Tsvetinov, Queensland University of Technology,
Petco has been teaching Computing and Information Systems courses and
for more than 15 years (in Europe, Southern Africa, New Zealand and
Australia). Petco's current research interest are in the areas of
Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM) and automated negotiations.
A few years ago Petco proposed using VISA* ( a method and software
that employs weighted sums to aggregate criteria and subcriteria
values) for assessment of students' assignments in
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