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					      E-assessment
      a Case Study

Aberdeen College
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                           Title of the Project

• The integration of PC Passport Beginners
  and Intermediate with IC3 and Microsoft
  Office Specialist online exams
       – In Academic Year 2006/2007 students studied
         IC3 and PC Passport together using e-
         learning materials and were assessed using
         online assessment
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                   Purpose of the Project

• To offer students the opportunity to gain 2
  widely respected qualifications - from
  Microsoft and SQA - through one study
  route using online exams
• To remove from teaching staff the need to
  spend time and effort preparing course
  materials, marking and internally verifying
  assessments
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    How the Project fits in with the
        College's e-Strategy
• e-Assessment
       – The aim is to develop online approaches to
         assessment where possible
• e-Learning
       – Teaching materials are purchased where
         possible
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                                         What is IC3?

• IC3 is an ideal starting point for students in
  learning computer and internet skills, as is
  PC Passport
• IC3 involves 3 exams:
       – Computing Fundamentals
       – Key Applications
       – Living Online
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    How did the students progress through the
                learning process?

• By being taught/instructed by staff who had
  passed the exams themselves
• By using Howtomaster e-learning materials
• By having back-up texts – Essential Skills for
  Digital Literacy
       – to combat connectivity problems and
       – to give the students a more blended approach to
         learning
• By taking the online exam at the end of each of
  the 3 components
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      Some issues encountered along the way
• Technical
       – Software compliance problem with the Microsoft Electronic
         Library Training Materials and the VLE
       – Howtomaster e-learning materials crashing if audio was enabled
       – Exam software had to have a dedicated environment
• Timetabling
       – Students timetabled for 2 hour slots. Staff felt there were
         concentration issues and that this was too long when using e-
         learning materials
• Learners
       – Some rushed through the e-learning materials insisting they
         were ready for the exam when the first exam result clearly
         showed differently
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    Have the Project aims been met?
• For the staff involved - yes
       – Definite savings in time
              • No development of teaching materials required
              • No marking of assessments
              • No internal verification of assessments
• For the students involved – qualified yes
       – They have been introduced to using e-learning
         materials
       – They have been introduced to online exams
       – Not all students achieved the initial aim of achieving
         both PC Passport Beginners and Intermediate Levels
         through this route
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                              The way forward
• To further improve the student learning and
  testing experience in Academic Year 2007-2008
  the IC3 Benchmarking and Mentoring Tool will
  be used
       – This will help to assess student capabilities more
         thoroughly and better prepare them for the online
         exam
              • Students will be tested at the start by using the Tool to
                Benchmark where they are on the learning scale
              • The Tool will then Mentor their learning to ascertain
                readiness for the online exam at the end
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The Benchmarking and Mentoring Tool

• You now have the opportunity to try out
  the Tool for yourselves
• We hope you enjoy the experience
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 Thank you for your interest in one
 of the e-Assessment Projects
 currently in progress at Aberdeen
 College

				
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