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November 07, 2005

Is there much of it about?

In Warwick's Science Faculty there are 9 departments teaching almost four and a half thousand undergraduates. How widely is computer-aided assessment (CAA) used right now? In my travels around the Faculty, I have so far uncovered the following sporadic activity:

Chemistry: The chemists use Questionmark Perception to assess some of the 10 mini-modules that make up CH158 Foundations of Chemistry. The spirit of the assessment is formative; however, passing the course is a prerequisite for progression to the second-year. Perception was also used by a member of the Chemistry Department for 4 assessment of 10 students on the Masters Programme Scientific Computing

Physics: The assessment software Perception was also used for regular summative assessment of the module PX425 High-Performance Computing in Physics last year.

Engineering: The School of Engineering requires its first-year students to take a diagnostic test in basic mathematics, using the software Diagnosys (see also this report ). The results are circulated to the students' tutors.

A number of departments (for instance, Engineering, Mathematics, Biological Science) use paper-based multiple choice/response tests for module credit. The answer sheets are usually processed with data capture, done either in-house (as in Biol Sci) or through the eLab service.

If there is more CAA happening out there, please let me know .

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