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See detailAssessing Complex Problem Solving in the Classroom: Meeting Challenges and Opportunities
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; Keller, Ulrich UL; Martin, Romain UL et al

in Csapó, Beno; Funke, Joachim (Eds.) The Nature of Problem Solving. Using research to inspire 21st century learning (2017)

At the time when complex problem solving was established as a key aspect of today’s educational curricula and a central competence of international assessment frameworks like PISA, it became evident that ... [more ▼]

At the time when complex problem solving was established as a key aspect of today’s educational curricula and a central competence of international assessment frameworks like PISA, it became evident that the educational context places special demands on assessment instruments used for this purpose. In this chapter, we show how these challenges can successfully be addressed by reviewing recent advancements in the field of complex problem solving. We use the example of the Genetics Lab, a newly developed and psychometrically sound microworld which emphasizes usability and acceptance amongst students, to discuss challenges and opportunities of assessing complex problem solving in the classroom. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing Complex Problem Solving Simulations for General Cognitive Ability Assessment: the Genetics Lab Framework
Mayer, Hélène; Hazotte, Cyril; Djaghloul, Younes et al

in International Journal of Information Science and Intelligent System (2013), 2(4), 71-88

This paper presents the conception and operation of “the Genetics Lab,” a research platform designed for general intelligence measurement. This tool has been developed and refined to measure cognitive ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the conception and operation of “the Genetics Lab,” a research platform designed for general intelligence measurement. This tool has been developed and refined to measure cognitive skills of students in Luxembourg, Thanks to its generic and clear architecture, “the Genetics Lab” makes a major contribution by addressing technical weaknesses and flaws met with tools previously used to assess intelligence. This new platform can be used as groundwork for other evaluation solutions. In this paper, we explore in depth the main fields of e-assessment such as instructions, localized and multilingual content production and display, traces, and scoring. We also describe how the platform was put into action to create complex simulations and to make data collection resulting from the user’s test a flawless process. This paper is a continuation and extension of earlier work. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Genetics Lab. Acceptance and psychometric characteristics of a computer-based microworld to assess Complex Problem Solving
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; Brunner, Martin; Greiff, Samuel UL et al

in Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling (2012), 54

Computer-based problem solving scenarios or “microworlds” are contemporary assessment instruments frequently used to assess students’ complex problem solving behavior – a key aspect of today’s educational ... [more ▼]

Computer-based problem solving scenarios or “microworlds” are contemporary assessment instruments frequently used to assess students’ complex problem solving behavior – a key aspect of today’s educational curricula and assessment frameworks. Surprisingly, almost nothing is known about their (1) acceptance or (2) psychometric characteristics in student populations. This article introduces the Genetics Lab (GL), a newly developed microworld, and addresses this lack of empirical data in two studies. Findings from Study 1, with a sample of 61 ninth graders, show that acceptance of the GL was high and that the internal consistencies of the scores obtained were satisfactory. In addition, meaningful intercorrelations between the scores supported the instrument’s construct validity. Study 2 drew on data from 79 ninth graders in differing school types. Large to medium correlations with figural and numerical reasoning scores provided evidence for the instrument’s construct validity. In terms of external validity, substantial correlations were found between academic performance and scores on the GL, most of which were higher than those observed between academic performance and the reasoning scales administered. In sum, this research closes an important empirical gap by (1) proving acceptance of the GL and (2) demonstrating satisfactory psychometric properties of its scores in student populations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Genetics Lab_Theoretical background & psychometric evaluation
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; Brunner, Martin; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Report (2012)

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See detailL'évaluation des compétences scientifiques au 21eme siècle : cadre conceptuel et prototypes pour une évaluation transformée-par-ordinateur
Weinerth, Katja UL; Reuter, Bob UL; Porro, Vincent et al

in Actes du 24e colloque international de l'ADMEE-Europe (2012)

En parallèle à l’évolution récente de l’enseignement des sciences (vers des modes d’enseignement basée sur la découverte guidée ou autonome), on observe une course aux nouvelles méthodes d’évaluation des ... [more ▼]

En parallèle à l’évolution récente de l’enseignement des sciences (vers des modes d’enseignement basée sur la découverte guidée ou autonome), on observe une course aux nouvelles méthodes d’évaluation des compétences scientifiques. Nous proposons ici un cadre conceptuel que nous avons développé et que nous utilisons actuellement pour guider le développement d’un environnement informatique d’apprentissage et d’évaluation intégré, qui pourra être utilisé (1) pour offrir aux apprenants une large panoplie de situations d’apprentissage relativement authentiques, implémentant l’ensemble des activités de l’investigation scientifique et (2) pour évaluer leurs connaissances du processus d’investigation scientifique, pour évaluer leurs compétences « en action » et pour évaluer comment ils appliquent leurs connaissances d’un domaine scientifique donné. Ce cadre conceptuel sera illustré à l’aide de prototypes d’items d’évaluation développés pour des ordinateurs mobiles à écran tactile. [less ▲]

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See detailIntelligence as assessed by modern computer-based problem solving scenarios
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; Brunner, Martin; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2012)

Computer-based problem solving scenarios—so-called microworlds—have often been suggested as promising alternative assessment instruments of intelligence. Potential benefits compared to traditional paper ... [more ▼]

Computer-based problem solving scenarios—so-called microworlds—have often been suggested as promising alternative assessment instruments of intelligence. Potential benefits compared to traditional paper-pencil tests involve tracking of students’ mental representations of the problems as well as their problem solving strategies by means of behavioral data. Though, it is still topic of ongoing debate whether the skills assessed by such microworlds are distinct from or identical to the construct of intelligence as measured by conventional reasoning tests. To address this issue, we thoroughly investigated construct and incremental validity of a recently developed microworld, the Genetics Lab (Sonnleitner et. al, 2011). We obtained data from a multilingual and representative Luxembourgish student sample (N = 563) who completed the Genetics Lab and 3 reasoning scales of an established intelligence test battery. Results of a Confirmatory Factor Analysis suggest that the construct assessed by the Genetics Lab is largely identical to the construct of intelligence as measured by traditional reasoning scales. Incremental validity was found with respect to the performance in a national assessment of students’ competencies and performance in the PISA study of 2009. Thus, the notion of microworlds to be a valuable measure of intelligence is supported. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Genetics Lab: An Innovative Tool for Assessment of Intelligence by Mean of Complex Problem Solving
Hazotte, Cyril; Mayer, Hélène; Djaghloul, Younes et al

Scientific Conference (2011)

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See detailThe Genetics Lab - A new Computer-Based Problem Solving Scenario to assess Intelligence
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; Brunner, Martin; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2011)

Assessments of intelligence by means of paper-pencil tests faced several critiques that point to their lack of face validity, insufficient coverage of the definition of intelligence, their sensitivity to ... [more ▼]

Assessments of intelligence by means of paper-pencil tests faced several critiques that point to their lack of face validity, insufficient coverage of the definition of intelligence, their sensitivity to the emotional state of the test taker, and the danger of getting outdated. The present paper discusses to what extent these limitations can be overcome by computer-based problem solving scenarios–so-called microworlds. Generally speaking, microworlds are supposed to be highly accepted by test takers, to provide process measures by directly tracing problem solving behavior, and to realize game-like characteristics that may increase test motivation and reduce test anxiety. To capitalize on these potential advantages, we developed the microworld Genetics Lab that was completed by a large, heterogeneous sample of more than 600 Luxembourgish students. Performance scores were derived for students’ problem solving strategies as well as their mental problem representations–important cognitive data which are not accessible with typical paper-pencil tests. Analyses of the psychometric characteristics of the Genetics Lab empirically underscored the construct validity for the derived performance scores. For example, process oriented measures of strategy use were found to possess discriminant validity with respect to grades. Further, acceptance and induced test anxiety of the Genetics lab was explored relative to a paper-pencil measure of intelligence. Our results show that the Genetics Lab is a reliable and valid assessment instrument and emphasize the benefits of using microworlds for assessing intelligence. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing Intelligence for Education in the 21st Century: The Benefits of Microworlds
Sonnleitner, Philipp UL; Brunner, Martin; Keller, Ulrich UL et al

Scientific Conference (2011)

Computer-based problem solving scenarios—so-called microworlds—are contemporary educational assessment instruments of intelligence that offer several benefits compared to traditional paper-pencil tests ... [more ▼]

Computer-based problem solving scenarios—so-called microworlds—are contemporary educational assessment instruments of intelligence that offer several benefits compared to traditional paper-pencil tests. This involves tracking of students’ mental representations of the problems as well as their problem solving strategies by means of behavioral data which provides key information for educational interventions. Moreover, microworlds realize game-like characteristics that may increase test motivation and reduce test anxiety. In the present study, the Genetics Lab, a newly developed microworld, was completed by a representative sample of more than 800 Luxembourgish students. Students chose among three different languages (German, French and English) in which the problem content of the Genetics Lab was presented. The present paper analyzes the psychometric properties of the various performance scores derived for the Genetics Lab with respect to their relations to school grades, and measurement invariance across gender, chosen test language, and migration background. Moreover, a direct comparison with traditional measures of intelligence demonstrated construct validity of the performance scores of the Genetics Lab. In sum, the results obtained for the Genetics Lab show the benefits of behavioral data obtained for computer-based problem-solving scenarios and support the notion of microworlds to be a valuable measure of intelligence. [less ▲]

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See detailVers une architecture de testing assisté par ordinateur pour l'évaluation des acquis scolaires dans les systèmes éducatifs orientés sur les résultats
Martin, Romain UL; Busana, Gilbert UL; Latour, Thibaud

in Blais, Jean-Guy (Ed.) Évaluation des apprentissages et technologies de l’information et de la communication: Enjeux, applications et modèles de mesure (2009)

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See detailA web-based quality control system for assessment processes
Busana, Gilbert UL; Koenig, Vincent UL; Martin, Romain UL et al

in International Journal of Psychology (2008), 43

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See detailTAO: Paving the Way New Assessment Instruments using an open and versatile Computer-Based Platform
Latour, Thibaud; Martin, Romain UL; Plichart, P. et al

in International Journal of Psychology (2008), 43

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See detailComputer Based School System Monitoring with Feedback to Teachers
Plichart, Patrick; Busana, Gilbert UL; Martin, Romain UL et al

in Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2008 (2008), 2008(1), 5065-5070

Educational multimedia focuses traditionally on the design of computer aided learning environments. Evaluation has to be viewed as an essential part of the learning environment. Beyond opportunities ... [more ▼]

Educational multimedia focuses traditionally on the design of computer aided learning environments. Evaluation has to be viewed as an essential part of the learning environment. Beyond opportunities provided by its computerization (behaviours tracking, richer interactions, etc.), Computer Based Assessment provides teachers a measurement instrument where their students are put together with larger groups of students on the same assessment scale, using a unique competency model. It provides feedback to teachers that enable them to early detect shortcomings of their courses, pedagogical approach. ICT provides in this case a flexible way for the results collection, feedback reporting raising strengths and weaknesses, assurance of anonymity, data privacy. Moreover, it would give decision makers of the educational system information on the educational system steering efficiency. This paper describes ongoing assessment based on the TAO platform (http://www.tao.lu) with feedback to teachers done in Luxembourg. [less ▲]

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See detailChallenges and opportunities for computer-assisted educational measurement
Martin, Romain UL; Latour, Thibaud

Scientific Conference (2008)

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