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Workshop on Online Assessment Systems for Mathematics and Computer Science

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http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/wiki/nycoasys2008

*There is no registration fee to attend this workshop.*

**Where: **Pace University, 163 William Street, New York, NY 10038, 15^{th} floor

**When: **Friday, May 2^{nd }2008 – 9 am to 5 pm

**Invited speaker:**

Dr. Michael Gage, University of Rochester, WeBWorK

**Objectives of the Workshop:**

This workshop will permit attendees to discover and/or practice with a wide range of online assessment systems for mathematics and programming. The systems will be presented by their own designers, extensive users or contributors who will focus on the philosophy behind the system, the state-of-the-art of the system and its future.

This workshop is also intended to create a space of discussion for instructors in mathematics and computer science interested in building a community of instructors in mathematics and computer science interested in online assessment systems. The experience of each community can transfer to the other and create synergies.

Another objective is to discuss the future and features of the next generation of such systems. For example, some of the newest systems offer graphical-based progress and performance visualization, with error highlighting of code and hints on how to correct it. They also begin to use sophisticated data mining techniques on the repository of existing submissions to provide students’ learning profiles and generate dynamic questions at the appropriate level of difficulty. After the workshop we will survey the attendees to assess their impression on the features of the next generation of online assessment systems in mathematics and programming.

**Existing Systems:**

- BOSS ( http://www.dcs.warwick.ac.uk/boss, Open Source, Computer Science)
- CodeLab ( http://www.turingscraft.com, Commercial, Computer Science)
- CourseMarker ( http://www.cs.nott.ac.uk/coursemarker, Commercial, Computer Science)
- DevSquare ( http://www.devsquare.com, Commercial, Computer Science)
- Educosoft ( https://www.educosoft.com/ecf, Commercial, Mathematics)
- Gradiance ( http://www.gradiance.com, Commercial, Computer Science)
- JavaBat ( http://javabat.com, Free, Computer Science)
- MathXL ( http://www.mathxl.com, Commercial, Mathematics)
- MyMathTest ( http://www.mymathtest.com, Commercial, Mathematics)
- OWL ( http://owl.course.com, Commercial , Computer Science)
- Quiz PACK ( http://www.sis.pitt.edu/~taler/QuizPACK.html, Open Source, Computer Science)
- Viope ( http://www.viope.com, Commercial, Computer Science)
- WebAssign ( http://www.webassign.net, Commercial, Mathematics)
- WebCAT ( http://web-cat.cs.vt.edu, Open Source, Computer Science)
- WeBWorK ( http://webwork.rochester.edu and http://atlantis.seidenberg.pace.edu/~scharff/webwork, Open Source, Mathematics and Computer Science)
- WileyPLUS ( http://he-cda.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section.rdr?id=101003, Commercial, Mathematics)

(Note: This is not an exhaustive list.)

**Themes:**

- The state-of-the-art of online assessment systems in mathematics and programming
- Designing online assessment systems for mathematics and programming
- Teaching introductory mathematics and programming courses with online assessment systems
- Survey of online assessment systems in mathematics and programming
- The next generation of online assessment systems in mathematics and programming
- Experience with different online assessment systems
- Comparison of different online assessment systems

**Intended audience:**

This workshop is intended for instructors involved in teaching courses in mathematics and programming, and/or interested in the design and use of online assessment systems to support students’ learning and their teaching.

**Preliminary Schedule:**

- 9:00 - 9:30 - Breakfast and Welcome
- 9:30 - 10:15 - Dr. Gage, Rochester University, WeBWorK
- 10:15 - 10:45 - Presentation
- Drs. Gotel, Scharff, Wildenberg, Kline, Pace University, Cornell College, WeBWorK in Computer Science, Abstract

- 10:45 - 11:00 - Break
- 11:00 - 12:00 - Presentations
- Dr. Arnow, Brooklyn College, CodeLab
- Ms. Hsiao, University of Pittsburgh, QuizJET
- Mr. Allevato, Virginia Tech, Web-CAT

- 12:30 - 1:30 - Lunch
- 1:30 - 3:00 - Presentations

- Dr. Tucker, Stony Book University, Survey of existing online assessment systems in mathematics and future needs
- Drs. Gotel, Scharff, Pace University, Survey of existing online assessment systems in computer science and future needs

- 3:00 - 4:00 - Parallel working sessions on the state-of-the-art and future of online assessment systems in mathematics and computer science
- 4:00 - 4:45 - Working groups report back
- 4:45 - 5:00 - Wrap-up

**Support:**

- This workshop is funded by an NSF CCLI AI grant “Adapting and Extending WeBWorK for Use in the Computer Science Curriculum” (#0511385 and #0511391, 2005-2008).

**Organizers:**

Christelle Scharff

Pace University

Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

New York, NY 10038

cscharff@pace.edu

Tel: 212 346 1016

Fax: 212 346 1863

Olly Gotel

Pace University

Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

New York, NY 10038

ogotel@pace.edu

Andrew Wildenberg

Cornell College

Department of Computer Science

Mt Vernon, IA 52314

awildenberg@cornellcollege.edu

Richard Kline

Pace University

Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems

New York, NY 10038

rkline@pace.edu