This paper presents a recently developed computer-based concept mapping tool (www.conceptmapsforlearning.com), and shows how it can be used by statistics educators in a formative assessment cycle. The website was developed based on established principles of effective assessment for learning. We present an illustrative example using the topic of analysis of variance to show how teachers can use the website to assess students' conceptual understanding, provide them with individualized feedback, and engage them in meaningful remedial activities to help improve their understanding. Teachers need only to choose the set of concepts to assess. The tool automatically generates graphical feedback, as well as linked explanations, examples, problems, and reflective activities based on individual areas of weaker conceptual understanding. For further studies, we are planning to expand the variety of topics to which the tool may be applied, and to gather teachers' perceptions about the usability of the website in their courses.
|Title of host publication||United States Conference on Teaching Statistics 2013|
|Publication status||Published - 2013|
|Event||United States Conference On Teaching Statistics 2013 - Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States|
Duration: 16 May 2013 → 18 May 2013
|Conference||United States Conference On Teaching Statistics 2013|
|City||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Period||16/05/2013 → 18/05/2013|