Wednesday, January 14, 2009

PAWS meeting 2009/01/14

Web-based parameterized questions for object-oriented programming

Sharon presented her study about the parameterized questions for the Java OOP language. QuizJET and JavaGuide were implemented and tested in classrooms by the undergraduate student at the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh.

The research questions are:
(1) whether the parameterized questions will work in OOP domain
(2) are en encourage students to work with the questions more
(3) how does the question complexity affect students' assessment

According to the analysis results, the adaptive navigation support implemented in JavaGuide promoted students' participation, increased the success rate, helped strong/weak students to access appropriate questions, encouraged students to make more attempts on easy quizzes, and found strong students had higher success rate for hard questions.

S-vLab virtual lab for teaching and learning in higher education

Anna Riccioni, a visiting scholar from Italy, presented her work. The project is a virtual laboratory for supporting information security course. It is aimed to help heterogeneous students (background, expertise, preferred learning procedures) achieve conceptual understanding and practical skills. The solution to this problem is the virtual lab, called S-vLab in blended learning context. It is used for teaching information security by verifying security principles, model, test, develop secure systems in diverse learning phases and paths. Important S-vLab features are support tools (mentor, expert, judge), modeling (graphical editor), testing, implementation, simulation & evaluation.

She plans to expend the current work to embrace the personalization and the distributed architecture and tracking capabilities including learner profiles and social mechanisms.

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