Can a computer-marked exam improve retention?. Jon Rosewell Communication & Systems, MCT EATING, 21 st June 2012. A tale of several short modules. Based on Relevant Knowledge, 10 point, 10 week, level one modules with mid-course CMA and final EMA A module with poor completion
Communication & Systems, MCT
EATING, 21st June 2012
Based on Relevant Knowledge, 10 point, 10 week, level one modules with mid-course CMA and final EMA
Retention = module completion (not pass)
Progression = continue to study another OU module
An ‘M-world’ module
Apologies for the acronym nightmare!
10% – mid-course iCMA
90% – final written EMA
Part I – short answer qns
Part II – prog & essay qns
40 marks on EMA
10% – mid-course iCMA
30% – final iCME
60% – final written EMA
prog & essay qns
0 marks on iCME
0 marks on EMAT184 assessment strategy
They will thus complete the module
They will thus pass the module
T184 2011E & 2011J presentations
T184 2011E & 2011J presentation
I thought the balance of assessment was about the best I’d come across. Interesting computer-based tests … plus the programming elements … an interesting [EMA] with a choice of two essays. … The assessment contributed to the enjoyment of the whole course.
By the time I’d finished the assessment I’d felt I’d learnt more. … I also felt fairly confident that I’d got enough marks on the computer based test.
[Early on] get an achievement and get a bit of success, … it was really easy that first CMA. … So an early success and then you know at the end you’ve got some short answers in the CMA that you think pick up your score a bit, and then you’ve got the EMA where you can do even better. I think it’s spot on.
… as long as they feel it’s rigorous … it didn’t have that kind of ITV quiz thing, you know ‘what’s the capital of England’ or something. … There was a combination with ‘you’ve done this bit now, and now you need to tell us about it, now you need to describe it, now you need to do some programming and show us your work’. It felt like there was real rigour to it so it didn’t feel like ‘this is a quick and dirty kind of interactive quiz’.
Student: I think it was excellent. … The only thing I don’t like is having to wait till September for my result!
Me: So that’s another reason for introducing that computer marked exam … it gives students feedback immediately rather than a long delay.
Student: Yes, so you know where you’ve gone wrong. That’s really good, and it cheers you up as well, not an idiot after all!
“I enjoyed all of it really. I thought the course materials were brilliantly laid out, I thought it was very clear, concise. It gave you enough about the subject to make you interested and wanted you to do more.”
“As I say it was a pleasure doing it. I hope I’ve passed, but I just think it was a joy doing it, it was really fun, you learnt something, it really complemented what I learnt last year and it’s just made me keen to do other stuff, or try and find out more about it.”
The birth … of TM129 Block 3