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Web-Based Assessment

ASA Grant Information

The National Science Foundation funds research and education in science and engineering. It does this through grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements to more than 2,000 colleges, universities, and other research and/or education institutions in all parts of the United States. The Foundation accounts for about 20 percent of federal support to academic institutions for basic research.

The National Science Foundation gave this grant to the University of Nebraska to aid in the study and promotion of best practices for the use of Web-based assessment in SMET courses. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is especially well-positioned to conduct research on assessment in SMET research and learning. The cornerstone for web-based assessment is the powerful Enterprise Diploma Software.

The project will assess, expand, and enhance the use of the powerful assessment system, EDU. The project will improve student learning and satisfaction with SMET courses and enable instructors to improve instructional practices and course design as a result of increasing knowledge of their students' skills and abilities.


Assess the effects of systematically varied use of web-based assessment on student learning and motivation.

Develop and test new question suites and types of questions that allow more complex assessments, and conduct detailed item analysis on the archives of questions and student assessments.

Develop an implementation program that includes individual coaching and training workshops to prepare instructors to use EDU.

Web based assessment allows students to practice, fail, succeed, and develop proficiency in a student-centered environment and enables instructors to assess and respond to student needs and tailor instructions accordingly.

Instructors will also give students a survey on web assessment. Web survey directions.

Authors of the ASA grant proposal:

  • Nancy Lindsley Griffin
  • Glenn W Ledder
  • Kevin M Lee
  • C. E Jones
  • John L. Orr