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A computer‐aided continuous assessment system

By B. C. H. Turton


A high‐quality assessment system should have the following attributes: rapid feedback to the students, appropriate and detailed feedback, and an effective grading system which provides an accurate overall grade as well as information which identifies the student's weak areas. As stafflstudent ratios worsen, providing such a system will become more difficult and consequently computer assistance in this task is becoming more attractive. This paper describes a Computer‐Aided Assessment (CAA) system based on a modified version of the multiple‐choice questionnaire. The CAA has been designed to be used in continuous assessment, with features that discourage plagiarism and provide appropriate feedback Over a hundred students were tested using this CAA and the results were compared with a more traditional assessment system. In addition, questionnaires were used to assess the student's reaction to the CAA. The results were highly satisfactory, and a more advanced version of the original software is under consideration

Topics: LB Theory and practice of education, LC1022 - 1022.25 Computer-assisted Education
Publisher: Universit of Wales Press
Year: 1996
DOI identifier: 10.1080/0968776960040206
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