J-WEL Webinar, "Effective, Secure, and Efficient Summative Assessment using a Computer-Based Testing Facility," July 17, 2020 | MIT J-WEL

J-WEL Webinar, "Effective, Secure, and Efficient Summative Assessment using a Computer-Based Testing Facility," July 17, 2020

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Date and Time
July 17, 2020, online
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET

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Webinar description

In this talk, Craig Zilles, Associate Professor and Education Innovation Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss an effective, secure, and efficient alternative to traditional pencil-and-paper exams that scales to even the largest courses. The College of Engineering at the University of Illinois has been running a Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF) for more than six years and have been running at scale (e.g., 35+ courses, 75,000+ exams/semester) for the past several years. 

The CBTF is a proctored, "locked-down" computer lab that is operated as a service to courses. The CBTF has changed how they teach, leading to improved student learning and enabling the introduction of more project and group work in large STEM classes, because graduate TAs are freed from routine proctoring and grading.

Zilles will discuss the basic operation of their CBTF and the key components that make it work. He will present findings on aggregate student behavior in the CBTF and data on increased learning gains and reduced failure rates in specific courses. He will also discuss mechanisms and policies for maintaining security, supporting testing accommodations, and minimizing faculty disruption. Finally, he will touch upon the pieces of the CBTF strategy that they have used for the transition to online exams resulting from Covid-19.

This webinar is part of our Learning@Scale series.

About our speaker

Craig Zilles

Associate Professor and Education Innovation Fellow
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Craig Zilles is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His current research focuses on applying computing and data analytics to education, including the development of the Computer-based Testing Facility (CBTF). Historically, his research has focused on the interaction between compilers and computer architecture, especially in the context of managed and dynamic languages. He received his Ph.D. in 2002 from Wisconsin-Madison for his work with Guri Sohi on Speculative Slices and Master/Slave Speculative Parallelization. Prior to his work on computer architecture and compilers, he developed the first algorithm that allowed rendering arbitrary three-dimensional polygonal shapes for haptic interfaces (force-feedback human-computer interfaces).

He has been widely recognized for excellent teaching at the undergraduate level; he has received the campus Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2018, the IEEE Education Society's 2010 Mac Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award, the College of Engineering's Rose Award and Everitt Award for Teaching Excellence, and Illinois Student Senate Teaching Excellence Award. He holds 5 patents, is a recipient of an NSF CAREER award, and his research has been recognized by best paper awards from ASPLOS in 2010 and 2013 and by selection for inclusion in the IEEE Micro Top Picks from the 2008 Computer Architecture Conferences.

Date & Time: 
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 11:00

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