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An Analysis of Student Learning at a Testing Web Site Emphasizing Descriptive Chemistry
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, University of Nevada Las Vegas, United States ; , University of Nebraska-Lincoln, United States

JCMST Volume 21, Number 2, ISSN 0731-9258 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA

Abstract

Since 1997, the World Wide Web (WWW or Web) has been used to enhance the performance of students on the Advanced Placement (AP) exam by providing a web site dedicated to the descriptive portion of the exam. This web site provides repeatable testing with feedback in the form of quizzes produced and graded in less than one second. This study evaluated the effectiveness of such an online testing and feedback system on outcome performance as measured by user records and validated by user surveys.

The results indicate the potential for enhancing learning from instructional web sites focused on teaching with repetitive testing and feedback. Successful web teaching with repetitive testing must emphasize random, repeatable tests with a large item database and extensive feedback given with each item returned for grading. Future web teaching/testing sites should focus enhancements on three areas: (a) the user interface, (b) the tutorial and feedback components, and (c) the nature of the quizzes.

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Crippen, K.J. & Brooks, D.W. (2002). An Analysis of Student Learning at a Testing Web Site Emphasizing Descriptive Chemistry. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 21(2), 183-201. Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved July 7, 2020 from .

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