Computer-marked assessment and concept inventories

Jordan, Sally (2023). Computer-marked assessment and concept inventories. In: Wood, Anna K. ed. Effective Teaching in Large STEM Classes. IOP Series in Physics Education. Bristol, UK: IOP Publishing.



After discussing the use of computers in assessment more generally, this chapter concentrates on online computer-marked assessment, in which responses are automatically marked and feedback is instantaneously provided to students. Concept inventories, designed to assess students' conceptual understanding, can make use of the same technologies. I consider the advantages and disadvantages that computer-marked assessment can offer and ways in which its quality can be improved by thorough assessment design, choice of appropriate question types, and careful question writing. I conclude that computer-marked assessment is not a panacea, but nevertheless has much to offer to teachers and learners in large STEM classes.

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