Effects of feedback in a computer-based assessment for learning

Fabienne van der Kleij, Theodorus Johannes Hendrikus Maria Eggen, C.F. Timmers, Bernard P. Veldkamp

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Abstract

The effects of written feedback in a computer-based assessment for learning on students' learning outcomes were investigated in an experiment at a Higher Education institute in the Netherlands. Students were randomly assigned to three groups, and were subjected to an assessment for learning with different kinds of feedback. These are immediate knowledge of correct response (KCR) + elaborated feedback (EF), delayed KCR + EF, and delayed knowledge of results (KR). A summative assessment was used as a post-test. No significant effect was found for the feedback condition on student achievement on the post-test. Results suggest that students paid more attention to immediate than to delayed feedback. Furthermore, the time spent reading feedback was positively influenced by students' attitude and motivation. Students perceived immediate KCR + EF feedback to be more useful for learning than KR. Students also had a more positive attitude towards feedback in a CBA when they received KCR + EF rather than KR only. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)263-272
JournalComputers & education
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • METIS-291701
  • IR-83908

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