Testing and Assessment Online
This page provides links to a number of resources that look at the role of testing and assessment of learners.
Articles in date order, most recent first.
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"CHEATING ON-LINE. Distance Education has an extra challenge associated with it, how do we know the person who is taking the test is actually the person enrolled in the training or the education course the institution is providing?" Jose Estaban
Updated: 20 September 2005
This entry discusses current practices and future new technologies that deal with testing security.
"e-Learning managers are developing a growing awareness of potential security problems associated with assessments of online learning. From privacy concerns to the reliability and validity of critical certification exams, computerized assessments must be safe and secure. At the same time, costs must be kept under control. Read this detailed expert analysis of best practices to evaluate your efforts and to find ways to improve!" Eric Sheppard, eLearning Developers Journal, 20 October 2003
Added: 23 October 2003
You will need to subscribe to the eLearning Guild to be able to access this article
"In the not-too-distant future, certification exams will do more than give a percentage or indicate "pass" or "fail" on a single vendor's technology. Certifications will present real-world, problem-based scenarios, measuring how many years of experience you have and testing the required skills in a heterogeneous environment. Current strides in simulation technology make all of this possible." Noel Vallego, Certification Magazine, July 2002
Added: 23 June 2002
Takes a look at how Cisco (and others) are using simulations in testing
"In a section on beginning Adobe Illustrator, students were given a tutorial assignment that included a piece of clip art to trace, color, and turn in. When the assignment was due, three of the files that were turned in were identical. While they all seemed to be excellently executed re-creations, a miscalculation in the dimensions of the document's page size revealed that something was wrong. All three illustrations were identical in every other way. After careful consideration and discussion with the students involved, who confessed to the digital plagiarism, the University of the Incarnate Word's guidelines for academic dishonesty were followed."
Added: 10 April 2002
What sorts of assessments are fair and accurate measurements of digital art development?
"Here you will have the opportunity to learn the logic of CAT and see the calculations that go on behind the scenes. You can play with an actual CAT. We provide the items and the correct answers. You can try different scenarios and see what happens. You can pretend you are a high ability, average or low ability examinee. You can intentionally miss easy items. You can get items right that should be very hard for you. This tutorial assumes some background in statistics or measurement. However, I hope even the novice will be able to follow along." Lawrence M Rudner, ERIC, 1998
Added: 24 January 2002
An impressive resource on computer adaptive testing
"The QM Learning Café is a virtual classroom that offers learning materials to help you understand the issues you will encounter before you tackle them. Learning is available via several, subject specific modules. Upon completion you can become a proud graduate from The Question Mark Learning Café!"
Updated: 22 December 2001
Uses a variety of tools to educate you about online testing
"One thing that computers do really well - and with much less effort than human beings - is to run a test; a certain type of test that is, using highly-structured question formats for which answer judging, scoring and feedback can be readily automated. Because tests are not difficult to put together and deploy online - at least not at a superficial level - practically everyone does it. But what purpose do these tests really serve and do they provide us with the information we need about what students have learned?" Clive Shepherd, Tactix, September 2001
Added: 5 September 2001
A look at the opportunities and limitations of online testing
"Online testing offers untapped potential for instructional designers building e-courses." Margaret Driscoll, Learning Circuits, June 2001
Added: June 2001
also includes a useful list of other resources on how to write multiple choice tests
A leaflet to assist academic staff in the use of information technology in their teaching from LTDI