UniServe Science News Volume 13 July 1999

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Using Question Mark Perception for On-line Assessment

submitted by Kevin Meehan, Qmark Systems

Question Mark Perception was used to create a three tier assessment program for The West Yorks Consortium for Industry Development (WYCID) program for on-line adult learning.

WYCID is one of the largest collaborative networks in the UK now working to create on-line materials for distance learning projects. Many of its courses are aimed at adult returners and supervisors wishing to improve promotion opportunities.

Learning materials were created using a combination of the latest Internet-based distance learning techniques and static data. Course participants are provided with CD-ROMs containing video and photographic materials which are referenced in the on-line course. This allowed for up-to-date course materials, on-line assessment, and rapid access to video material.

Question Mark Perception was used to administer course assessment in three ways. Firstly, it was used to create initial assessment, examining existing capabilities to determine at what level a student should enter the programme. Further assessment was and is used to check learning progress in order to tailor courses. Finally, Perception was used to conduct summative assessments through final examinations.

This project is aimed at widening education participation by changing the teaching medium. Perception and similar web tools are enabling this expansion into the community.

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