Title

Developing a Pre- and Post-Course Concept Inventory to Gauge Operating Systems Learning

Abstract

Operating systems courses often present students with multiple approaches to solve a problem, often with differing trade-offs. While students are more than capable of memorizing the details of these competing approaches, they often struggle to recommend a specific approach and analyze its implications. In particular, we find that students exhibit difficultly in interpreting text-based scenario descriptions in a way that allows them to correctly choose between potential solutions when presented with a high-level, conceptual scenario. In this paper, we describe the development of a pre- and post-course concept inventory, which we utilize to explore students' misconceptions of operating systems and their associated trade-offs. We compare the results of our assessment with in-class peer instruction questions and exam questions to characterize the areas in which students most commonly struggle with operating systems material.

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Department

Computer Science

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

DOI

10.1145/2538862.2538886

ISBN

9781450326056

Language

English

Format

text

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