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Revising a Large Question Pool for an Astronomy Class: A Collaboration Between Instructional Design Researchers and Astrophysicists
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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Instructional design researchers and astrophysicists at a large northeastern land-grant university carried out comprehensive analysis of the questions used in a large-enrollment hybrid-format (with both F2F and online components) introductory course in astronomy. In particular, this team of researchers conducted reliability and item-level analysis for all the instruments used in this course — a pool of questions that contains over a 1000 questions distributed over 12 quizzes and 5 exams. During our presentation we will share the procedure that we developed to carry out this analysis and provide specific examples of questions that we identified as being poor. With the help of these examples we hope to be able to make a compelling case for item-level analysis. We believe that such procedures should be considered an integral part of the development of course material across all subject areas.

Citation

Kidwai, K., Hsu, Y.C., Redman, S., Lee, H.w., Grigorescu, E. & Miller, S. (2008). Revising a Large Question Pool for an Astronomy Class: A Collaboration Between Instructional Design Researchers and Astrophysicists. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (p. 393). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved June 26, 2019 from .