Computer-based assessment (CBA) is gaining popularity in higher learning institutions to replace traditional written tests with computerized versions. Some reasons that have encouraged instructors to develop and adopt CBA include the increased number of students and the corresponding increase in time spent by instructors on assessment. The primary objective of a CBA is to save the instructor time by leaving the computer software to mark and give feedback on the test.
Key Terms in this Chapter
Summative Assessment: Refers to the assessment of the learning and summarises the development of learners at a particular time.
Coach-Based Tool: Computer software to coach students on deciding the appropriate actions to be taken, that is, the actions ensuring that a given goal is reached in solving a given problem by a step-by-step approach.
Computer-Based Assessment (CBA): An assessment that is built around the use of a computer; the use of a computer is always intrinsic to this type of assessment. This can relate to assessment of IT practical skills or more commonly the on-screen presentation of knowledge tests. The defining factor is that the computer is marking or assessing the responses provided from candidates.
Formative Assessment: Designed to help students to gain understanding and to develop their good learning habits. Additonally it intends to promote student attainment.