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E-assessment is More Than Test Creation

From the definition of E-assessment from Wikipedia, we can see the advantages of deploying an e-testing system are obvious: lower long-term cost, instant feedback, great flexibility, improved reliability and enhanced question styles. We, especially teachers, cannot refuse so many advantages here over traditional assessment. With some authoring tools, we may create high quality assessment items with IMS Question and Test Interoperability specification to evaluate students’ learning progress. But here is NOT the end of e-assessment. As the assessing part of eLearning, the tests creation and participation is just the method. We really need the test results of the e-assessment to evaluate how students learnt.

Have you ever considered how to set up your online test to collect the test results for evaluation work? Or have you ever wondered what is the best way to improve the effect of online learning? We explored many of the facets of online assessment, and found that the segment of score reporting leads the assessment efficiency, and usually is neglected in online assessment.

Uploading the quiz to an LMS (Learning Management System, like Blackboard) might be the most efficient thing to do if we want to track and report the quiz scores. But we know, not everyone can afford an LMS, or like to use an LMS. Instead of using an LMS to manage the quiz results, we may like to instruct the quiz to send the scores via e-mail, or a specialized reporting system. The results tracking and score reporting capability seems to be a usual requirement from most users as online assessment instructors. And the online score reporting system would be the perfect solution for effective online scoring.

Here we take QuizCreator and its quiz result tracking function for the example. The technique and powerful results tracking features help users easily track results and report scores as we expected.

QuizCreator provides 3 ways to track your quiz results: QMS tracking, LMS tracking and E-mail tracking.

QMS is a free quiz results tracking system for QuizCreator users. With this free service, users can simply and rapidly track all quizzes, answers, scores and participants in details, and review statistics in detailed and flexible reports. To use the QMS tracking feature, you should publish you quizzes to QMS.

LMS tracking is used for users who have LMSs. For QuizCreator users, you can publish your quizzes to SCORM compliant package and then upload this package to LMS. Then, after students taking the quiz, it will generate a detailed quiz report for users.

Email tracking lets teachers track the quiz results through Email address. Only you should do is publishing the quiz for Web use and then specify the Email addresses that you want to collect the quiz results. When the students finish the quiz, the quiz results will be post to specified Email address immediately.

Do effective e-assessment is vital for online training. To ensure that e-assessment is providing the right training, for the right people, with the right return, doing quiz results analysis is crucial.

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The author is a senior expert in eLearning who works at Wondershare E-Learning department. Wondershare E-Learning Software is an industry-leading learning and training software application provider.