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Evaluating a pass/fail grading model in first year undergraduate computing.

Zarb, Mark; McDermott, Roger; Martin, Kyle; Young, Tiffany; McGowan, Jess

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This Innovative Practice Full Paper investigates the implications of implementing a Pass/Fail marking scheme within the undergraduate curriculum, specifically across first year computing modules in a Scottish Higher Education Institution. The motivation for this implementation was to ease stress and pressure on students entering higher education, which became particularly relevant following the COVID-19 pandemic. The study reports on the results of a survey that gathered feedback from Stage 1 and Stage 2 students who experienced the Pass/Fail implementation, and results shows that students generally appreciate the Pass/Fail model, although for many, the benefits only become apparent once they are exposed to alternative grading models. A number of recommendations are made for the implementation of similar marking schemes within computing in Higher Education curricula.

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ZARB, M., MCDERMOTT, R., MARTIN, K., YOUNG, T. and MCGOWAN, J. 2023. Evaluating a pass/fail grading model in first year undergraduate computing. In Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2023), 18-21 October 2023, College Station, TX, USA. Piscataway: IEEE [online], article 10343276. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE58773.2023.10343276

Conference Name 2023 IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2023)
Conference Location College Station, TX, USA
Start Date Oct 18, 2023
End Date Oct 21, 2023
Acceptance Date Jun 12, 2023
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2023
Publication Date Dec 31, 2023
Deposit Date Feb 1, 2024
Publicly Available Date Feb 1, 2024
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Series ISSN 1539-4565
ISBN 9798350336429
DOI https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE58773.2023.10343276
Keywords Assessment; Computing; CS1; Grading systems; Pass/fail; Pedagogy
Public URL https://rgu-repository.worktribe.com/output/2225875

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