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E-assessment and E-marking 18 May 2006 What’s this all about? Building and maintaining public confidence Creating a positive learner experience E-marking: Student with pen and question/answer book Marker has streamlined admin, less checking E-assessment On screen Taken when ready

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what s this all about
What’s this all about?
  • Building and maintaining public confidence
  • Creating a positive learner experience
e marking
E-marking:
  • Student with pen and question/answer book
  • Marker has streamlined admin, less checking
e assessment
E-assessment
  • On screen
  • Taken when ready
  • Possibly adaptive tests
  • Workflow and Workload changes
e marking workflow
E-marking: Workflow
  • Sit exam as normal
  • Scripts scanned
  • Scanned images divided and “banked”
  • Images are marked on screen. Marks automatically collated/checked
  • Marker performance and progress monitored
question types
Question types:
  • Auto marking: (OMR or keyed responses)
    • Multiple Choice
  • General marking: Short responses, narrow range of answers
  • Expert marking: Extended responses with need for in-depth subject expertise
question examples
Question examples:
  • Write 6 million in figures?
  • What colour do leaves turn in Autumn?
  • Why do leaves change colour in Autumn?
e marking process provides
E-marking process provides:
  • Speed and tracking
  • Stability of Examiner performance
  • Built in Quality Assurance – mark scheme, admin, etc.
  • Item level feedback to test authors
  • Item level feedback to schools/teachers
benefits
Benefits:
  • Examiner:
    • Focused use of skills through specialisation
    • Much less admin
    • No postal delays or missing scripts
  • Candidates/Teachers:
    • Confidence in results
    • Greater access to detail
e assessment a possible scenario
E-assessment: A possible scenario
  • Items authored, validated and “banked”
  • Test created from banked items following psychometric rules
  • Test published electronically and distributed to candidates for specific time slot
  • Centres (or Candidates) receive a mark shortly after completing the test
students say the on screen experience is different
Students say “The On screen experience is different”:
  • Easier to respond (neater, hand doesn’t ache, spell check)
  • Like computers (fun, novelty, like a game, modern)
  • Pictures, colour
  • Easier to change answers
but students also see disadvantages
But students also see disadvantages…
  • Typing skills…Quicker to write
  • Computer crash/breakdown/Viruses
  • Eye strain
  • Hacking…Cheating?
  • Harder to revise answers
  • Need paper and pencil as well
  • Too informal
e assessment we must ensure
E-Assessment: We must ensure…
  • Fairness: Different tests on different days
  • Validity: Testing the right attributes
  • Relevance to the learner
assessment what s important
Assessment: What’s important?
  • Public confidence
  • Learner experience
  • Relevance for Next Career step
e assessment15
E-Assessment:
  • Beginning of understanding
  • Wide opportunities
e assessment16
E-Assessment:
  • Beginning of understanding
  • Wide opportunities
  • Build Confidence
  • Manage pace

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