eduGuest blogger John Kleeman, Chairman of Microsoft Partner, Questionmark, describes the advantages of frequent online assessments.
What are the advantages of giving your students frequent quizzes and tests, instead of waiting until the end of a module or course? At first sight, this might sound like more work for you as instructor, not to mention less popularity with your students!
Here are seven reasons why it helps:
With widespread Windows PCs and other devices, and increasingly reliable Internet connectivity, technology now allows universities and colleges to give online assessments to students frequently and routinely not just at end of courses. Setting up tests and quizzes as an instructor is relatively easy in most institutions with institution provided assessment systems. User interfaces are simple and don’t need much computer knowledge, like for instance the question type selection page shown below.
If you’re interested in delivering online assessments in this way, Questionmark (www.questionmark.com) offers an easy-to-use OnDemand service (using Microsoft technology) to create, deliver and report on assessments.
I completely agree that regular assessment is the best way to measure and benchmark a cohorts developments. It is one of the few reliable ways to get an accurate picture of an individuals subject knowledge and proficiency.
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