Issues to consider when using computer-based assessment

Sangster, Alan (2003). Issues to consider when using computer-based assessment. In: LSTN-BEST Annual Conference, 9-11 Apr 2003, Brighton, UK.



The use of computer-based assessment (CBA) is growing, and not just in school, college and university education, but in the training schemes of professional bodies, such as the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. However, very few of those using CBA have had any training in its use, and fewer still have any concept of the holistic view that needs to be taken by anyone who wishes to use CBA ‘well’. This paper reviews some underlying principles that should be observed when preparing CBA. Then, through the use of specific examples, it explores in some detail some of the issues that must be addressed if CBA is to be used effectively.

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