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Blended Assessment in Small to Medium-sized Classes

O'Loughlin, Eugene and Osterlind, Steven J. (2007) Blended Assessment in Small to Medium-sized Classes. Learning Solutions Magazine.

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Assessment is the process of establishing, usually in evidence-based and measurable terms, knowledge, skills, attitudes, and beliefs. While there are many different methods of assessment available to educators, they often choose to rely on simple methods for testing (such as an instrument composed of multiple choice questions) or by traditional methods (written examinations).

But this, too, engenders discussion as educators have for a long time debated the merits of multiple-choice type assessments versus those of traditional “pencil-and-paper” assessments. The dilemma for educators is often deciding which method is best suited to a particular situation. Very often, the number of learners to assess dictates the chosen assessment method. When a large number of learners is to be appraised, a multiple-choice test is used even though it takes a lot of time to create one. After all, such tests require little time to assess and mark, especially if online assessment tools are used. When the assessment involves a smaller number of learners, the more traditional approach of setting essay-type questions works best for many educators, regardless of the fact that such questions require extended time for marking.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects / Types of education > Blended Learning
Divisions: School of Computing > Staff Research and Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 10:25
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 10:25

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