The Development of On-line Tests Based on Multiple Choice Questions

The Development of On-line Tests Based on Multiple Choice Questions

Geoffrey G. Roy (Murdoch University, Australia) and Jocelyn Armarego (Murdoch University, Australia)
Source Title: Web-Powered Databases
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 23
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-035-6.ch005
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Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the use of Web-based technologies to deliver and manage on-line multiple choice tests for university teaching. The data defining the tests and the results of each student’s attempt is maintained in a server-side database. The test is delivered in a Web page that can be displayed by a standard Web browser. Students are thus able to access the required tests from the same location that they can access their course content, in large part, on the Web. Multiple choices tests have been shown to be an effective way of both supporting the learning experience and providing an objective assessment process. The basic elements of the required technology are described including some implementation issues that are necessary to achieve a viable and robust system. Some of the key issues include the use of server-side tools for database access and client-side components to deliver and manage the user interface.

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