Comparison of CBT and paper testing in an examination of regular expression, using university students as research subjects
Toshihiko Takeuchi, Tokyo University of Social Welfare, Japan ; Tomohiro Wakui, Ibaraki University, Japan ; Yuuki Kato, Tokyo University of Social Welfare, Japan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The purpose of this study is to compare CBT (computer-based testing) and paper testing. In an area like regular expression, if tested by CBT, the students can simulate and check their answers during the examination time. Therefore, the authors of this study hypothesized that in CBT, compared with paper-testing, 1) the students will get higher scores, 2) they will anticipate their scores more accurately, 3) the rate of blank answer will rise, and 4) the students will have better impression of the examination. In order to prove this hypothesis, the authors of this study conducted a one-hour class of regular expression to 40 students who were from different universities and in different school years. After the class, the students were divided into two 20-member groups and took the same 12-question examination, one group by CBT and the other by paper-testing. The students also had to answer two questionnaires, one before and the other after the examination, which inquired the students’ personal attributes and their confidence levels in their answers.
Takeuchi, T., Wakui, T. & Kato, Y. (2010). Comparison of CBT and paper testing in an examination of regular expression, using university students as research subjects. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 848-853). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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