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ERIC Number: EJ940487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1315
QuesTInSitu: From Tests to Routes for Assessment "in Situ" Activities
Santos, Patricia; Perez-Sanagustin, Mar; Hernandez-Leo, Davinia; Blat, Josep
Computers & Education, v57 n4 p2517-2534 Dec 2011
Test-based assessment tools are mostly focused on the use of computers. However, advanced Information and Communication Technologies, such as handheld devices, opens up the possibilities of creating new assessment scenarios, increasing the teachers' choices to design more appropriate tests for their subject areas. In this paper we use the term Computing-Based Testing (CBT) instead of Computer-Based Testing, as it captures better the emerging trends. Within the CBT context, the paper is centered on proposing an approach for "Assessment "in situ"" activities, where questions have to be answered in front of a real space/location (situ). In particular, we present the QuesTInSitu software implementation that includes both an editor and a player based on the IMS Question and Test Interoperability specification and GoogleMaps. With QuesTInSitu teachers can create geolocated questions and tests (routes), and students can answer the tests using mobile devices with GPS when following a route. Three illustrating scenarios and the results from the implementation of one of them in a real educational situation show that QuesTInSitu enables the creation of innovative, enriched and context-aware assessment activities. The results also indicate that the use of mobile devices and location-based systems in assessment activities facilitates students to put explorative and spatial skills into practice and fosters their motivation, reflection and personal observation. (Contains 6 figures and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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