How Personalized Assignments Can Increase Learning and Reduce Cheating in a Large-Lecture Introductory Accounting Class
18 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2014
Date Written: March 23, 2014
One of the biggest challenges in large classes is to provide meaningful assessment opportunities that promote student learning and mitigate cheating. We describe how, in a large-lecture introductory accounting class, we randomize homework problems and exam questions, including numerical and textual variations, to create as many versions of a problem or exam as there are students in the class. Using technology, we create personalized assignments, assessments and remedial activities, promote desirable student-student and student-faculty interaction, and provide instantaneous, valuable feedback. Using survey data, students report better learning outcomes and significant decreases in cheating opportunities.
Keywords: introductory accounting, large class, randomization software, personalized assignments, personalized assessments
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