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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?

  • Building and maintaining public confidence

  • Creating a positive learner experience


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E-marking:

  • Student with pen and question/answer book

  • Marker has streamlined admin, less checking


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E-assessment

  • On screen

  • Taken when ready

  • Possibly adaptive tests

  • Workflow and Workload changes


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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


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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


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Question examples:

  • Write 6 million in figures?

  • What colour do leaves turn in Autumn?

  • Why do leaves change colour in Autumn?


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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E-Assessment: We must ensure…

  • Fairness: Different tests on different days

  • Validity: Testing the right attributes

  • Relevance to the learner


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Assessment: What’s important?

  • Public confidence

  • Learner experience

  • Relevance for Next Career step


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E-Assessment:

  • Beginning of understanding

  • Wide opportunities


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E-Assessment:

  • Beginning of understanding

  • Wide opportunities

  • Build Confidence

  • Manage pace

    Technology improving assessment