Creating an individualised, open-ended modelling worksheet through partially-automated assessment

A partially-automated assessment (Rowlett, 2022) uses questions set by an automated question generator which are completed by students and marked as if they were a non-automated piece of coursework.

This can preserve validity compared with an open-ended piece of coursework, because the students’ response is not limited by computer input.

At the same time, it can reduce the risk of academic misconduct via copying and collusion via randomisation.

Partially-automated assessment is implemented via the ‘Printable worksheet’ mode in the Numbas e-assessment system.

A simple modelling scenario is used to illustrate how this is implemented in practice, by creating a mathematical modelling worksheet which is individualised with random parameters.

Rowlett, P. (2022). Partially-automated individualized assessment of higher education mathematics. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 53(6), pp. 1413-1434.