Integrating New Open Source Assessment Tools into dotLearn LMS

Integrating New Open Source Assessment Tools into dotLearn LMS

Paloma Moreno-Clari (University of Valencia, Spain) and Esteban Sanchis-Kilders (University of Valencia, Spain)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-0011-9.ch411
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Abstract

The convergence process initiated by the European Higher Education Space (EHES) has changed the approach to the teaching and learning process focusing largely on monitoring the progress of the student. This task can be simplified with the proper use of tools integrated in the universities’ Learning Management Systems (LMS). Most of these platforms have modules for managing the evaluation and to create online examinations. However, they do not tend to contemplate ways of evaluation depending on the subjects taught. This chapter presents a tool for continuous evaluation of a variety of subjects and their integration into a LMS based on open source. In the University of Valencia’s particular case, the LMS includes facilities to create online examinations, but it does not provide a user-friendly interface. To improve the usability of this module a computer program has been developed to simplify the evaluation process.
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Background And Starting Point

The University of Valencia was one of the first Spanish universities that started different strategies of change and modernization. Not only its structures but also the teaching method follows the recommendations brought by the European Space for Higher Education (ESHE) (Moreno & Cerverón, 2007). A new plan was developed to improve the use of ICTs and to enhance the students learning processes by involving them more directly. On the other hand, in order to standardize the available technical tools and to promote their use by the whole academic community, all the tools where unified on a single platform. This platform should provide a unified management of the learning process and communication between groups and communities (Cerverón & Moreno, 2006).

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