Image via WikipediaStephen Marquard - University of Cape Town
Stephen Marquard is Learning Technologies Co-ordinator at the University of Cape Town, where he is responsible for the University's popular Sakai deployment known as Vula. Stephen is a previous Sakai Fellow and a current member of the Sakai Product Council and Sakai Board.
UCT's Health Sciences Faculty has 3 related initiatives aimed at improving assessment practices: introducing the use of Extended Matching Item (R-type) MCQs, a Question Bank application to author, manage, reuse and share MCQs, and collaborating with other institutions to develop and share MCQs (including EMIs). The presentation will describe work in progress, particularly support for EMIs in Tests & Quizzes and the evolving requirements for a Question Bank application, with the aim of identifying similar interests from other institutions and medical schools leading to possible collaboration.
They have been researching how multiple choice questions work and looking at how to improve assessment practices.
EMI = extended matching item.
Previously, instead of having to use the images over and over, they started using "fill in the blanks" on a table. This way of doing things is difficult to write. There is no item analysis - they had to be graded manually in Excel spreadsheets.
For improving assessments, we should be tagging our questions with metadata for running reports. Sakai supports this.
University of South Africa are sharing question pools with other colleges. Creating a question bank for multiple institutions. Metatagging of assessments will allow people to create tests by theme, topic, and difficulty level. They want to be able to look at the statistics of questions across institutions. Their question bank will also support embedded rich media.
The assessment items should be an open education resource.
They are looking for programs that are interested in building question banks and tools.