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Revisiting objective tests: A case study in integration at honours level

By Pauline Maclaran and Alan Sangster


This paper examines the background to computer‐assisted assessment and shows how certain misconceptions or ‘myths’ have arisen around its use. It then discusses an actual implementation of computerized multiple‐choice question (MCQ) tests, addressing both the main theoretical issues, and the practicalities of the design and administration process. It confirms that honours‐level learning can be appropriately assessed using summative computer‐based objective tests, not just in the eyes of the adopting academic, but also in the eyes of the students. Care should, however, be taken to adopt a flexible implementation that is responsive to unforeseen problems

Topics: LB Theory and practice of education, LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Publisher: University of Wales Press
Year: 2000
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0968776000080207
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