ERIC Number: ED351057
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-6
Using Testbanking To Implement Classroom Management/Extension through the Use of Computers.
Thommen, John D.
Testbanking provides teachers with an effective, low-cost, time-saving opportunity to improve the testing aspect of their classes. Testbanking, which involves the use of a testbank program and a computer, allows teachers to develop and generate tests and test-forms with a minimum of effort. Teachers who test using true and false, multiple choice, matching, and short answer fill-in-the-blank formats benefit the most from testbanking. First, a teacher identifies particular instructional goals, course modules, learning objectives, or student behaviors; develops questions to test learning in these areas; and then inputs this information into the computer. When a test needs to be produced, the instructor tells the testbank what material is to be covered on the test and lets the bank select questions, and then generate and format the test. This eliminates much of the work involved in generating single tests. Students can benefit from testbanking through activities such as custom testing, re-testing, self-administration of tests, and interactive programs providing instant test feedback. For teachers, testbanking can greatly reduce the time spent on test creation. Also, many testbank programs will grade tests, produce syllabi, and store student records. When purchasing testbank software, buyers should be sure that the program includes the following: (1) a classification system allowing use of existing curricular structures; (2) ASCII (American Standard Code for Information Interchange) import/export capabilities; (3) compatible mark/sense readers and drivers if the testbank is to be used for checking tests; (4) a common database structure; and (5) options, such as graphics and network support. (PAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Lansing Community Coll., MI.