Formative Assessment via the Web using ELEN

Roy Lowry

Abstract


A TLTP funded project called ELEN (Extended Learning Environment Network) seeks to provide both skills and subject based material on-line to supplement traditional teaching methods. This platform has been used to provide a short (5 question) multiple choice test that covers the material from each lecture in a series. The tests provide two levels of feedback and are not used in summative assessment in any way. In the first year some technical problems were encountered which reduced the number of students using the system. However, comments from those who did use the system have indicated that this method of providing formative assessment is useful and the method is currently being extended to other groups of students.

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