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Meyer, J. Patrick; Zhu, Shi – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are playing an increasingly important role in higher education around the world, but despite their popularity, the measurement of student learning in these courses is hampered by cheating and other problems that lead to unfair evaluation of student learning. In this paper, we describe a framework for maintaining…
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Students, Student Evaluation, Learning
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DeMars, Christine E.; Bashkov, Bozhidar M.; Socha, Alan B. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Examinee effort can impact the validity of scores on higher education assessments. Many studies of examinee effort have briefly noted gender differences, but gender differences in test-taking effort have not been a primary focus of research. This review of the literature brings together gender-related findings regarding three measures of examinee…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Scores, Student Motivation, Test Wiseness
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Athas, Christina; Oaks, D'Arcy John; Kennedy-Phillips, Lance – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
Employment within student affairs divisions offers environments in which students can apply the knowledge they have gained, as well as acquire new competencies, helping them to build solid foundations for their futures. Researchers used an online survey to assess the outcomes associated with part-time student employment within the student affairs…
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Student Personnel Services, Staff Development, Online Surveys
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Breslow, Lori; Pritchard, David E.; DeBoer, Jennifer; Stump, Glenda S.; Ho, Andrew D.; Seaton, Daniel T. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2013
"Circuits and Electronics" (6.002x), which began in March 2012, was the first MOOC developed by edX, the consortium led by MIT and Harvard. Over 155,000 students initially registered for 6.002x, which was composed of video lectures, interactive problems, online laboratories, and a discussion forum. As the course ended in June 2012,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronics, Video Technology, Lecture Method
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Zilberberg, Anna; Anderson, Robin D.; Swerdzewski, Peter J.; Finney, Sara J.; Marsh, Kimberly R. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2012
Despite the extensive testing for federal accountability mandates, college students' understanding of federal accountability testing (e.g., No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, Spellings) has not been examined, resulting in a lack of knowledge regarding how such understanding (or lack thereof) impacts college students' behavior on accountability…
Descriptors: Accountability, Testing Programs, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation
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Sledge, Sally; Pringle, Pam – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2010
This paper describes an ongoing study at a small public university to assess student, faculty and alumni perceptions of academic integrity and business ethics. The phases of the research are detailed for application or replication by other institutions of higher education. The study involves anonymous surveys and academic integrity-based…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Colleges, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Barry, Carol L.; Finney, Sara J. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2009
The effects of gathering test scores under low-stakes conditions has been a prominent domain of research in the assessment and testing literature. One important area within this larger domain concerns the implications of a test being low-stakes on test evaluation and development. The current study examined one variable, the testing context, that…
Descriptors: Testing, Context Effect, Comparative Analysis, Test Validity
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Thelk, Amy – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2008
Differential Item Functioning (DIF) occurs when there is a greater probability of solving an item based on group membership after controlling for ability. Following administration of a 50-item scientific and quantitative reasoning exam to 286 two-year and 1174 four-year students, items were evaluated for DIF. Two-year students performed…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Probability, Test Items, Student Evaluation
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Pastor, Dena A.; Kaliski, Pamela K.; Weiss, Brandi A. – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2007
Do students change as a result of completing their general education requirement? This question was examined by using a pretest/posttest design with five different cohorts of students required to complete a general education program in American history and politics. Differences among various groups in Cohen's d (the standardized difference between…
Descriptors: College Students, General Education, Pretests Posttests, United States History
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Herndon, Craig – Research & Practice in Assessment, 2006
Virginia's assessment of student learning outcomes has been lauded by national organizations for its respect of institutional autonomy while providing meaningful information on student learning outcomes. Virginia recently implemented a process by which each institution's plan to assess student learning outcomes are evaluated by peer institutions.…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Educational Assessment, Institutional Autonomy, Peer Evaluation
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