Computer-Based Practical Exams in an Applied Information Technology Course

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Journal of Research on Technology in Education, ISSN: 1539-1523, Vol: 45, Issue: 3, Page: 263-286

Publication Year:
2013
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Repository URL:
http://ro.ecu.edu.au/ecuworks2013/578
DOI:
10.1080/15391523.2013.10782606
Author(s):
C. Paul Newhouse
Publisher(s):
Informa UK Limited; International Society for Technology in Education; Routledge
Tags:
Social Sciences; Computer Science; Comparative pairs; Computer-based exams; Performance assessment; Rasch modeling; Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research
article description
Worldwide, fewer and fewer work tasks are done using paper and pen, yet most high-stakes assessment in schools continues to use this primitive technology. This paper reports on one component of a project investigating the use of digital technologies to facilitate assessment tasks for high-stakes summative purposes in senior secondary courses. It reports on how a computer-based production exam was implemented in 17 final-year secondary school classes for the Applied Information Technology course in Western Australia. Further, it compares the comparative pairs method of marking with a more traditional analytical method. The conclusion was that this digital form of assessment should replace the existing paper-based exam; however, it was less certain which method of marking should be applied. © 2013 ISTE | iste.org/jrte.