Contributed Paper C158In session C1B (Monday 9th, 11:00–12:30, Level 2E - Room 1)
Comparing Instructor Created vs. Externally Created Homework Assignments And Their Effects On Exam Scores
AuthorsDavid Swart (Miami University, United States)
Lynette Hudiburgh (Miami University, United States)
Karsten Maurer (Miami University, United States)
PresenterDavid Swart (United States)
Many instructors assign homework for their classes through external publishers due to the convenience of having an online platform to deliver and grade assignments for hundreds of students. With advances in technology, however, learning management systems, such as Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle 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, but can they also compete in terms of quality and student learning outcomes? This study carried out in an introductory statistics class at a Midwestern university will be analyzed to see whether instructor-created assignments could be superior to these externally created assignments in student learning and engagement.