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Title: Comparing electronic examination methods for assessing engineering students
Alternative title / Subtitle: the case of multiple-choice questions and constructed response questions
Authors: Τριάντης, Δήμος Α.
Βεντούρας, Ερρίκος Μ.
Λεράκη, Ιωάννα
Στεργιόπουλος, Χαράλαμπος Χ.
Σταύρακας, Ηλίας
Contributors: Χλούπης, Γεώργιος Π.
Item type: Conference publication
Conference Item Type: Poster
Keywords: Assessment methodologies;Computer-aided examination methods;Constructed response questions;Evaluation algorithms;Multiple choice questions;Scoring rules;Undergraduate engineering modules;Μεθοδολογίες αξιολόγησης;Κατασκευασμένες απαντήσεις ερωτήσεις;Αλγόριθμοι αξιολόγησης;Ερωτήσεις πολλαπλής επιλογής;Κανόνες βαθμολόγησης;Προπτυχιακές μονάδες μηχανικής
Subjects: Technology
Electrical engineering
Higher education
Ηλεκτρολογία Μηχανολογία
Εκπαίδευση, Ανώτατη
Issue Date: 15-May-2015
Publisher: SCITEPRESS Digital Library
Abstract: The aim of this work is the comparison of two well-known examination methods, the first consisted of multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and the second based on constructed-response questions (CRQs). During this research MCQ and CRQ tests were created for examining the undergraduate engineering module of "project management" and were given to a group of students. Computers and a special software package were used to support the process. During the first part the examinees had to answer a set of CRQs. Afterwards, they had to answer a set of MCQs. Both sets covered the same topics and had the same level of difficulty. The second method (MCQs) is more objective in terms of grading, though it may conceal an error in the final formulation of the score when a student gives an answer based on an instinctive feeling. To eliminate this problem a set of MCQs pairs was composed taking care that each question of the pair addressed the same topic in a way that the similarity would not be evident to a student who did not possess adequate knowledge. By applying a suitable scoring rule to the MCQs, very similar results are obtained when comparing these two examination methods.
Language: English
Citation: Triantis, D.A., Ventouras, E.M., Leraki, I., Stergiopoulos, C.C., Stavrakas, I., et al. (2014) Comparing electronic examination methods for assessing engineering students: the case of multiple-choice questions and constructed response questions, In: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2014. Barcelona, Spain. 1-3 April, 2014. [online] 1. p.126-132. Available from:
Conference: 6th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2014
Access scheme: Embargo
License: Αναφορά Δημιουργού-Μη Εμπορική Χρήση-Όχι Παράγωγα Έργα 3.0 Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες
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