Closing the homework feedback loop, an alternative approach to homework grading

James Bluman, Matthew Rowland, Eric M. Mockensturm

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Abstract

This paper studies an alternative grading method for homework assignments designed to increase student learning and motivation. The method emphasizes correct completion of student work, even if multiple turn-ins are required. After submitting homework, the instructor checks the accuracy of the work. Incorrect work is returned to the students the morning after its initial due date. Students are then given a day or two to correct their work and re-submit. This cycle is repeated as many times as necessary at the teacher's discretion. Grades are based on the number of iterations required for the work to be correct. Results from the study show that while student learning was not measurably affected, student motivation to perform well on the homework assignments increased. This rise in motivation may be dependent on the context within which the method is employed - it seems to work better for higher level technical electives than for larger common courses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationCelebrating Forty Years of Innovation, FIE 2010 - Conference Program
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2010
Event40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating Forty Years of Innovation, FIE 2010 - Arlington, VA, United States
Duration: Oct 27 2010Oct 30 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565

Other

Other40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating Forty Years of Innovation, FIE 2010
CountryUnited States
CityArlington, VA
Period10/27/1010/30/10

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications

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Bluman, J., Rowland, M., & Mockensturm, E. M. (2010). Closing the homework feedback loop, an alternative approach to homework grading. In 40th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference: Celebrating Forty Years of Innovation, FIE 2010 - Conference Program [5673373] (Proceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE). https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2010.5673373