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Computer Aided Assessment (CAA)
Computer Aided Assessment (CAA) includes all assessments which are delivered online. The University has two main online software packages designed to deliver assessment to students: the assessment tool within ELE and QuestionMark Perception. These tools are available to all staff, and training and day-to-day support is provided by the e-learning team. ELE is suitable for delivering diagnostic and formative assessment whilst QuestionMark is better suited to large-scale delivery of formative assessments or high stakes summative examinations.
ELE assessment tool
ELE can support simple assessments through the use of the assessment tool. The tool provides the following question types:
- multiple choice
- matching questions: students are asked to match two lists of items into pairs.
- calculated: students answer a mathematical question.
- short answer: students answer by entering the correct short answer as a single word or short phrase.
- free text: students can enter free text answers. This type of question requires manual marking once submitted.
Using this tool is very simple, and questions can be created quickly and incorporate feedback for your students. Results can be recorded to the built-in 'gradebook' to track students' progress or marks.
Please refer to the document Getting Started with Exeter Learning Environment if you would like to explore how to create assessments using ELE.
QuestionMark Perception is a dedicated assessment tool designed to deliver high stakes online assessments to students, whether formative or summative. This software allows you to chose from 18 different question types including multiple choice, multiple response, drag and drop, ranking and word response which are delivered, in order or randomly, via standard web browsers. Staff wishing to use Perception will need to contact the e-learning team to arrange for an introduction to the system and training on how to author and publish their assessments.
Please contact Matthew Newcombe.
ABC by Assessment 21
ABC is assessment software that allows the web-based delivery and invigilation of both formative and summative computer aided assessments (CAA). The key benefit to ABC over other types of CAA software is the way marking can be streamlined. In common with other types of software, multiple choice questions and cloze questions can be marked automatically, while free text responses require human intervention. It is this latter aspect where ABC differs from other types of assessment software.
The marking tool organises student responses into answer by answer format, rather than script by script format. Focussing on marking a single question at a time means markers become attuned to what they are looking for in the answers and allows for greater consistency of marks across cohorts. In addition, different functions available in the marking tool allow candidates' answers to be grouped according to keywords, allowing for answers bearing the greatest similarity to the model answer to be marked together.
The ABC invigilation tool allows all candidate PCs to be monitored from a single PC. The tool lists each candidate and reports whether or not their answers are being saved by the central server, how much time each candidate has left and whether the active window on each candidates' desktop is the exam software or not.
ABC has been trialled as the final summative assessment method on the Business School's 'Entrepreneurship: New Venture Development' module as part of the JISC-funded Integrative Technologies Project. For more information, please contact the E-learning team.