A framework for course-embedded assessment for evaluating learning outcomes of a network programming course

Abderrahmane Lakas, Abdelkader Nasreddine Belkacem

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Abstract

The assessment of course learning outcomes is an essential component in the continuous efforts of course improvement. The assessment is a tedious process and often incurs for many educators an overhead to the teaching and learning operation. Thus the need to investigate efficient methods to improve the process of course assessment by minimizing unnecessary efforts for the planning, preparation and execution of the assessment process. Automating the assessment process is instrumental in taking away its tediousness allowing teachers to focus their efforts on the improvement of the teaching and learning quality. For the case of information technology (IT) curriculum, one main concern is the difficulties encountered by students in learning programming skills; thus the need for an assessment-driven course improvement for programming courses. In this paper, we propose an automated proactive assessment method for assessing the learning outcomes of a course by embedding the assessment instruments in the tests and student homeworks. We selected a network programming course for its suitability to embed assessment instruments as part of the programming library used by students during their test and homeworks. The embedded instruments consist of a set of use-case routines to test the validity of each design and implementation component of the developed protocol. This approach streamlines the process of learning outcomes assessment as well as the continuous improvement of the course.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021
EditorsThomas Klinger, Christian Kollmitzer, Andreas Pester
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Pages989-995
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728184784
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 21 2021
Event2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: Apr 21 2021Apr 23 2021

Publication series

NameIEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON
Volume2021-April
ISSN (Print)2165-9559
ISSN (Electronic)2165-9567

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference, EDUCON 2021
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityVienna
Period4/21/214/23/21

Keywords

  • Course assessment
  • Embedded instruments
  • Learning outcomes
  • Network Programming Course

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Education
  • Engineering(all)

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