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ERIC Number: ED084279
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Development of a Student-Paced Course in General Pathology Utilizing a Computer Managed Evaluation System.
Kent, Thomas H.; And Others
The advantages, feasibility and problems associated with a student-paced course were investigated, and a computer managed evaluation system compared to paper and pencil testing mode. The development of a self-paced course was facilitated by explicit behavior objectives, a variety of learning materials referenced to the objectives and a large pool of test items. The advantages of the self-paced course, which was given in an otherwise fixed curriculum, included a moderate reduction in student completion time, more uniform mastery of the objectives, less conflict with other courses, a strongly positive student attitude, and more use of faculty for problem-solving learning experiences compared to information transfer. Problems in operating the course were mainly associated with the administration, grading and providing feedback on 2,000 individual tests. Half of the tests were administered on cathrode ray terminals utilizing Course-writer III language with disk storage of all student responses and scores. Major advantages of the computer administered tests over paper and pencil tests included immediate feedback to students, production of summaries of student performance and attitudes without manual manipulation of paper or figures, and less worry about test security. By the end of the course, students preferred the computer to paper and pencil tests. (Author/CK)
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