ERIC Number: ED400321
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Using Multimedia Technology To Create Innovative Items.
French, Ann; Godwin, Janet
The development of innovative test item types that use multimedia technology to improve item authenticity and interaction and allow for objective scoring through partial-credit scoring methodologies was studied. Science test items were developed for community college developmental students using "Authorware 3.0," an instructional compact disc. The items used graphics and animation for the presentation of stimulus materials, the presentation of hints, and for item response alternatives. Forty-one students completed the test items and a questionnaire about their responses to the test items. Students had not received instruction in the concepts tested, and scores were about as high as could be expected, although an apparent error in the programming of the scoring may have further reduced scores. Overall, items were received positively. Students seemed to like the innovative format, and it is thought that the partial-credit scoring could easily to transferred to other subject matter. Future studies are planned that will embed assessments in the instructional materials. Appendix A presents the feedback questionnaire, and appendixes B through E present student responses to particular test items. (Contains seven figures and eight references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, College Students, Community Colleges, Computer Assisted Testing, Educational Innovation, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Objective Tests, Science Instruction, Sciences, Scoring, Student Attitudes, Test Construction, Test Items
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).