A New Dimension in Student Learning : Measuring Wait Times

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Author(s)

  • Joe C.H. Yuen
  • Albert C. Cheung
  • K. L. Fung
  • C. M. Leung

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Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKnowledge Sharing through Technology
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages87-95
Volume407 CCIS
ISBN (Print)9783642452710
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume407 CCIS
ISSN (Print)1865-0929

Conference

Title8th International Conference on Information and Communication Technology in Teaching and Learning, ICT 2013
PlaceChina
CityHong Kong
Period10 - 11 July 2013

Abstract

We have developed a system for measuring wait-times in realtime. The concept of the system is ideally suited to enable new instruction designs for online knowledge sharing platforms such as open education resources or e-textbooks, particularly for assessments and training modes. In our preliminary trials with online exercises and assessments, the total time taken by a student for each multiple choice question (MCQ) was segregated into 3 parts (read time, think time and answer time). Students took longer for higher level questions, as subjectively classified by the teachers according to Bigg's SOLO taxonomy. Furthermore, there were significantly broader spreads in their think times for higher level questions. These results demonstrated that wait-time can be used to discriminate student abilities, measure assessment difficulties and allow useful correlations with various student characteristics. In providing a new dimension of time to better quantify student learning, the system would be useful for experimental research in learning. Results could further provide evidence to support instructional designs. © Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013.

Research Area(s)

  • discrimination, online assessments, taxonomies, wait-time

Citation Format(s)

A New Dimension in Student Learning : Measuring Wait Times. / Yuen, Joe C.H.; Cheung, Albert C.; Fung, K. L.; Lai, Alvin C.K.; Leung, C. M.; Lo, S. M.

Knowledge Sharing through Technology. Vol. 407 CCIS Springer Verlag, 2013. p. 87-95 (Communications in Computer and Information Science; Vol. 407 CCIS).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review