Computer‐aided assessment in statistics: The CAMPUS projectReport as inadecuate






Author: Neville Hunt

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This paper describes the specification, features and implementation of computer‐aided assessment software designed primarily for conducting assessments in Statistics but equally applicable to other quantitative disciplines. The CAMPUS (Computer Aided Marking Program Using Spreadsheets) package has been developed in Microsoft Excel so as to provide a familiar computing environment for both assessors and students. The principal feature of CAMPUS is the facility for setting questions containing random elements (including random graphs), so that each student sits essentially the same questions but with different answers. This helps to eliminate plagiarism and allows a single test to be used many times, either for reassessment or additional practice. CAMPUS has been implemented in a higher‐education context but could also be used at school level


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Computer-aided assessment in statistics: the CAMPUS project Neville Hunt Statistics Group, Coventry University.
Email: n.hunt@coventry.ac.uk. This paper describes the specification, features and implementation of computeraided assessment software designed primarily for conducting assessments in Statistics but equally applicable to other quantitative disciplines.
The CAMPUS (Computer Aided Marking Program Using Spreadsheets) package has been developed in Microsoft Excel so as to provide a familiar computing environment for both assessors and students.
The principal feature of CAMPUS is the facility for setting questions containing random elements (including random graphs), so that each student sits essentially the same questions but with different answers.
This helps to eliminate plagiarism and allows a single test to be used many times, either for reassessment or additional practice.
CAMPUS has been implemented in a higher-education context but could also be used at school level. Introduction The relentless drive for efficiency in higher education, and the consequent increase in workloads, has given university teachers a compelling incentive to investigate alternative forms of assessment.
Some forms of assessment with a clear educational value can no longer be entertained because of the burden placed on the teacher.
An added concern is plagiarism, which anecdotal evidence would suggest is on the increase yet which is difficult to detect in large modules with more than one assessor.
While computer-aided assessment (CAA) has an enthusiastic following, it is not clear to many teachers that it either reduces workloads or reduces the risk of cheating.
In an ideal world, most teachers would prefer to give individual attention and personal feedback to each student when marking their work. In this sense CAA must be seen as second best and will therefore be used only if it is seen to offer significant benefits in terms of reduced workloads or increased validity. This paper describes the development of a spreadsheet-based CAA package for use in the teaching and learning of Statistics and other quantitative disciplines.
The CAMPUS program (Computer-Aided Marking Program Using Spreadsheets) seeks to address the concerns of teachers regarding workload, validity and feedback when assessing students. 58 ALT-J Volume 6 Number 2 Requirements of a CAA package A CAA package must be easy to use, both by the teacher when setting the assessment and by the student sittin....



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