posted Oct 2, 2013, 10:17 AM by Jon Sticklen
updated Oct 2, 2013, 10:47 AM
Two NSF grants for $5.7 million
to boost STEM education
Mark Urban-Lurain, Associate Director of CEER, is the PI on a grant that focuses on developing robust assessment methods for high enrollment courses. The project is built around the concept of "automated analysis of constructed responses"; the project is called AACR.
Constructed response questions – in which students must explain phenomena in their own words – create more meaningful opportunities for instructors to identify their students’ learning obstacles than multiple choice questions. However, the realities of typical large-enrollment undergraduate classes restrict the options faculty have for evaluating students' writing.
In the AACR Research Group, the team lead by Urban-Lurain is exploring computerized analysis of students’ writing in large enrollment undergraduate STEM courses.
You can read more about AACR at the AACR website.
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