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How Personalized Assignments Can Increase Learning and Reduce Cheating in a Large-Lecture Introductory Accounting Class

18 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2014  

Colleen Boland

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business; Michigan State University - Department of Accounting & Information Systems

Fred Jacobs

Michigan State University - Department of Accounting & Information Systems

Date Written: March 23, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Boland, Colleen and Jacobs, Fred, How Personalized Assignments Can Increase Learning and Reduce Cheating in a Large-Lecture Introductory Accounting Class (March 23, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2413195 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2413195

Colleen Boland (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee - Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 742
3202 N. Maryland Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0742
United States

Michigan State University - Department of Accounting & Information Systems ( email )

270 North Business Complex
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
United States

Fred Jacobs

Michigan State University - Department of Accounting & Information Systems ( email )

270 North Business Complex
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
United States

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