Effectiveness of Computer-Graded vs. Instructor-Graded Homework Assignments in an Elementary Spanish Course

A comparative study at two undergraduate institutions


  • Richard Dabrowski
  • Jean W. LeLoup
  • Lunden E. MacDonald




Researchers at the United States Air Force Academy and Metropolitan
State University of Denver collaborated on a study to determine the
effectiveness of computer-graded vs. instructor-graded homework
assignments in elementary Spanish courses at their respective
institutions. Subjects completed one or the other type of online
activities tied directly to a specific chapter of the textbook of the course
and accessed via the online ancillary MySpanishLab. Following
completion of the chapter activities and assessment, subjects were
asked to complete a satisfaction survey indicating their reactions to
and preferences for either computer-graded or instructor-graded
activities. No significant differences were found between groups on
assessment scores, though definite differences were noted indicating
strong preferences for one type of activity over another.




How to Cite

Dabrowski, R., J. W. LeLoup, and L. E. MacDonald. “Effectiveness of Computer-Graded Vs. Instructor-Graded Homework Assignments in an Elementary Spanish Course: A Comparative Study at Two Undergraduate Institutions”. IALLT Journal of Language Learning Technologies, vol. 43, no. 1, Apr. 2013, pp. 78-100, doi:10.17161/iallt.v43i1.8519.