The relationship between ICT based formative assessment and academic achievement in a mechanics of materials course

M. A.H.A. Meijers*, P. P.J.L. Verkoeijen

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Abstract

Formative assessment can be understood as assessment for learning rather than of learning. Research has demonstrated that formative assessment/feedback is strongly and causally related to students' achievement in higher education. At Avans University of Applied Sciences, the first-year course Mechanics of Materials 2 (MoM2) does not contain formative assessment due to constrained personnel and financial resources. In this study, we introduced formative assessment in the MoM2 course using an innovative ICT tool. This tool provides students with personalized feedback on both task and process level to improve their learning and to enhance adaptive teacher class instruction. To assess the impact of the ICT based formative assessment, we obtained the final course exam pass rate, the average grade and student satisfaction on the 2018-2019 course MoM2. We compared these outcomes to those in the previous 3 runs of this course (2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016). These courses were identical to the most recent version of MoM2 but they did not include ICT based formative assessment. In addition, we compared the 2018-2019 run of MoM2 with the 2018-2019 run of Mechanics of Materials 1 (MoM1), which is a highly similar course, which does contain a form of non-ICT based formative assessment. The results show that the use of ICT based formative assessment did not improve academic achievement in the course MoM2 2018/2019 compared with previous runs of the same course and did not improve academic achievement compared to the similar course MoM1 2018/2019.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 47th Annual Conference
Subtitle of host publicationVarietas Delectat... Complexity is the New Normality, Proceedings
EditorsBalazs Vince Nagy, Mike Murphy, Hannu-Matti Jarvinen, Aniko Kalman
Pages1753-1762
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520182
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event47th SEFI Annual Conference 2019 - Varietas Delectat: Complexity is the New Normality - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 16 Sept 201919 Sept 2019

Publication series

SeriesSEFI 47th Annual Conference: Varietas Delectat... Complexity is the New Normality, Proceedings

Conference

Conference47th SEFI Annual Conference 2019 - Varietas Delectat: Complexity is the New Normality
Country/TerritoryHungary
CityBudapest
Period16/09/1919/09/19

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research has been carried out with help of a Comenius Teaching Fellow grant provided by the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) part of Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 SEFI 47th Annual Conference: Varietas Delectat... Complexity is the New Normality, Proceedings. All rights reserved.

Research programs

  • ESSB PED
  • ESSB PSY

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