5 June 2013: Short-answer e-assessment questions: six years on

Presenter: Sally Jordan (The Open University, UK)

Hosted by Professor Geoffrey Crisp, Dean Learning and Teaching, RMIT University and Dr Mathew Hillier, Teaching and Educational Development Institute, University of Queensland, Australia starting 07:00AM UST/GMT. Duration 1 hour.

Computer-marked short answer questions with tailored feedback have been in regular use at the UK Open University Science Faculty since 2006. The automatic marking of such questions presents an opportunity to assess and provide personalised feedback to large classes, with savings of cost and better consistency than human markers, and a more authentic assessment experience for students than is obtained from the use of multiple-choice questions alone. A high marking accuracy has been retained following a move from linguistically-based to pattern-based answer matching and a similar question type has been added to the Moodle quiz engine. This webinar discussed our reasons for using questions of this type, our experience of authoring questions and our evaluation of marking accuracy and student engagement. It ended with a discussion of the reasons for the current underuse of questions of this type.

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