10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C158


Comparing Instructor Created vs. Externally Created Homework Assignments And Their Effects On Exam Scores


David Swart (United States)
Lynette Hudiburgh (United States)
Karsten Maurer (United States)


David Swart (United States)


Many instructors assign homework for their classes through external publishers due to the convenience of having an online platform to assign and grade assignments for hundreds of students. With advances in technology, however, learning management systems such as Blackboard and Canvas can be used to build, assign, and grade homework almost as easily as those externally-created programs. Now online instructor-created homework assignments can compete with externally-created assignments in terms of convenience, can they also compete in terms of quality and amount of student learning that occurs? In this paper, a study carried out in an introductory statistics class at a Midwestern liberal arts university will be analyzed to see whether instructor-created assignments could be superior to these externally created assignments in student learning and engagement.