ERIC Number: ED235853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
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Computerized Testing and Feedback for Faculty and Curriculum Development.
Wheeler, Heijia L.
At Santa Fe Community College, the development of a biology course and departmental final examination was accomplished in the following stages: (1) faculty reached consensus on course content, major objectives and sub-objectives; (2) faculty contributed final examination questions corresponding to the 10 major course topics to a pool for review and, pending faculty approval, to a computerized test bank; (3) a computer program was used in the selection of items from the test bank, in coding the items for various purposes, and in inputting essay exam answers; (4) a single departmental final examination was generated from the bank of questions; (5) exam results were analyzed to assess test reliability and the difficulty of each item; (6) information from the item analysis was used to edit or delete poor questions; and (7) faculty received a breakdown of test results providing mean student scores. The other core courses in Santa Fe's general education program underwent a similar development process, leading to the following conclusions: testing systems should be developed along with the curriculum rather than being externally imposed; faculty acceptance of the use of computers in instruction is important; and item analyses should be shared with faculty. The bulk of the report consists of instructions for faculty on using the testing system and samples of exam analyses. (LAL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
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Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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