Resource Database: Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Title Objective Tests in Formative and Summative Computer-Assisted Assessment
Originator Professor Keith Chapman
Department Department of Geography, University of Aberdeen, Elphinstone Road, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE
Tel. +44 (0)1224 272 328
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This project, which was initiated in April 1995 and will run until February 1997, is divided into two parts. The first element is concerned with the development of guidelines and training materials to aid staff in setting and implementing objective tests in their courses using Question Mark Designer for Windows. The second element of the project involves the development and implementation of objective tests for formative self-assessment tests and summative examinations in two first- and one second-year Geography modules at Aberdeen, using computer-assisted assessment (CAA).

The outcome of the guidelines and training materials will enable a member of staff to define the formative and summative assessment for a course, while also identifying the place of objective tests within this assessment; design effective assessment questions in order to set and execute a formative or summative test; and adopt an appropriate marking strategy and evaluate the results of the CAA test.

Keywords:

Assessment
Objective tests
Question Mark Designer
Self-assessment
Summative assessment

This abstract has been reproduced with the kind permission of the ASSHE Project, which was undertaken under the auspices of the Committee of Scottish Higher Education Principals and with the financial support of the Scottish Higher Education Funding Council.

Hounsell, D., McCulloch, M. and Scott, M. (Editors) The ASSHE Inventory: Changing Assessment Practices in Scottish Higher Education, (The University of Edinburgh & Napier University), p. 82
Database entry ref. 197


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