How Shall we Assess This?

Working Group Members

Janet Carter, University of Kent, UK

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 olds.

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 assessed 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 the 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

Bill Fone, Staffordshire University, UK

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 Fuller, University of Kent, UK

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, Australia

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 programming.

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