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Blueprint for Computer-assisted Assessment

The original version of the Blueprint for Computer-assisted Assessment is no longer available.

A new, updated edition is to be published in September 2003 by RoutledgeFalmer.

The new version contains revised and extended
chapters plus several additional chapters.

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Authors: Joanna Bull and Colleen McKenna
ISBN: 0415287049
Publication date: 19 September 2003

Authors: Joanna Bull and Colleen McKenna

ISBN: 1-904020-00-3
Copyright: 2001
Format: Paper, 168 pages
Out of Print



Computer-assisted assessment (CAA) is increasingly being used to assess student learning both formatively and summatively in higher education. CAA offers both pedagogical benefits and efficiency gains where appropriately and effectively implemented.

The 'Blueprint for Computer-assisted Assessment' is a comprehensive document addressing the pedagogical, operational, technological and strategic issues faced by those adopting CAA.

The Blueprint offers research-based good practice, drawing on the experience of the CAA Centre consortium, which was led by the University of Luton and included the Universities of Glasgow, Loughborough and Oxford Brookes.

The Blueprint will be of interest to the following groups within the HE/FE sector:

  • Teaching and Learning support services
  • Educational/Learning technology support services
  • Senior staff with specific responsibility for teaching and learning strategy and policy
  • Academics currently using technology for teaching and learning
  • Staff developers

What the Blueprint covers

Chapter 1 Computer-assisted assessment
discusses the key issues surrounding computer-assisted assessment.

Chapter 2 Why use objective tests?
considers pedagogical issues associated with objective testing.

Chapter 3 Writing questions
offers practical advice on the construction of objective test questions and provides examples of basic and complex question types.

Chapter 4 Designing feedback and scoring
examines techniques for giving feedback and scoring objective tests.

Chapter 5 Analysing and improving objective test questions
suggests ways of using statistics to analyse and improve questions and tests.

Chapter 6 Constructing tests
considers methods of organising questions into tests, analysing the spread of questions and integrating objective tests with other assessment methods.

Chapter 7 Range of technologies - overview
gives an overview of the range of technologies available for CAA.

Chapter 8 Use of multimedia
explores the potential for using multimedia in assessment.

Chapter 9 Innovative uses of CAA
addresses recent innovations in CAA and the use of related activities, such as computer-mediated communication.

Chapter 10 Student support and staff development
considers the provision of student support and staff development for those involved with CAA.

Chapter 11 Operational and technical issues
outlines operational and technical issues associated with CAA.

Chapter 12 Risk identification and analysis
addresses risk identification and analysis.

Chapter 13 Wider implementation of CAA
examines strategic implementation and quality assurance of CAA.

Chapter 14 Evaluation
suggests methods of evaluating CAA.

Chapter 15 Managing change within your institution
offers advice on managing change within the institution.

Readers' quotes about 'Blueprint'

"This is an excellent handbook for me as an educational technologist supporting the implementation of CAA."

"It was really very useful and continues to be so."

"Thank you for producing such a comprehensive resource."

"I found the Blueprint to be an excellent document which I shall refer to often. It gives status and credibility to CAA."

"I wish I'd had something like this to study before I embarked on designing my own tests!"

Do you require further information?

Telephone Janet Goold on +44 (0)1509 222893

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