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Abstract Title: Student behavior and test security in online conceptual assessment
Abstract: Historically, the implementation of research-based assessments (RBAs) has been a driver of education change within physics and helped motivate adoption of interactive engagement pedagogies.  Until recently, RBAs were given to students exclusively on paper and in-class; however, this approach has important drawbacks including decentralized data collection and the need to sacrifice class time.  Recently, some RBAs have been moved to online platforms to address these limitations.  Yet, online RBAs present new concerns such as student participation rates, test security, and students' use of outside resources.  Here, we report on a study addressing the second two concerns.  We gave two upper-division RBAs to courses at five institutions; the RBAs were hosted online and featured embedded JavaScript code which collected information on students' behaviors (e.g., copying text, printing).  With these data, we examine the prevalence of these behaviors, and their correlation with students' scores, to determine if online and paper-based RBAs are comparable.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C51
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Bethany Wilcox
University of Colorado Boulder
and Co-Presenter(s)
Steven J. Pollock, University of Colorado Boulder

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