Moving beyond objective testing in online assessment

Helen S. Ashton, Cliff E. Beevers, Colin D. Milligan, David K. Schofield, Ruth C. Thomas, Martin A. Youngson

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Computer-aided assessment (CAA) is traditionally seen as an efficient approach to testing large numbers of students by utilizing objective questions with the emphasis firmly on measurement. This chapter describes the development of a system that also seeks to contribute to improving student learning by enhancing the quality, sophistication, and authenticity of the assessments delivered. The system supports students and tutors through the learning process by providing diagnostic and directed feedback to learners and a clear measurement of their true ability to the teacher. The chapter also looks at current work focused on developing assessment systems that can assess higher order skills and begin to blur the boundary between learning and assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOnline Assessment and Measurement: Case Studies from Higher Education, K-12 and Corporate
EditorsScott L. Howell, Mary Hricko
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781591407225
ISBN (Print)9781591407201, 9781591407218
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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