Web-MCQ: A set of methods and freely available open source code for administering online multiple choice question assessments

Hewson, Claire (2007). Web-MCQ: A set of methods and freely available open source code for administering online multiple choice question assessments. Behavior Research Methods, 39(3) pp. 471–481.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3758/BF03193016

Abstract

E-learning approaches have received increasing attention in recent years. Accordingly, a number of tools have become available to assist the nonexpert computer user in constructing and managing virtual learning environments, and implementing computer-based and / or online procedures to support pedagogy. Both commercial and free packages are now available, with new developments emerging periodically. Commercial products have the advantage of being comprehensive and reliable, but tend to require substantial financial investment, are not always transparent to use. They may also restrict pedagogical choices due to their predetermined ranges of functionality. With these issues in mind, several authors have argued for the pedagogical benefits of developing freely available, open source e-learning resources, which can be shared and further developed within a community of educational practitioners. The current paper supports this objective by presenting a set of methods, along with supporting freely available, downloadable, open source programming code, to allow administration of online multiple choice question assessments to students.

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