Short-answer e-assessment questions : five years on

Jordan, Sally (2012). Short-answer e-assessment questions : five years on. In: 2012 International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference, 10-11 Jul 2012, Southampton.


Computer-marked short-answer questions, with tailored feedback, have been in regular use in the Open University Science Faculty for 5 years. High marking accuracy has been retained following a move to algorithmically-based answer matching. However, short-answer free-text e-assessment remains an underused technology. This paper suggests some reasons for this, in particular the need for a substantial number of marked student responses for use in developing the answer matching.

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