Use of e-assessment nearly doubles at Open University

Year on year use of online assessment is nearly doubling here at the OU. In the last year around half a million quizzes were delivered to students in our virtual learning environment using a combination of the Moodle quiz engine and the University’s in-house OpenMark system.

Interactive Computer Marked Assessment delivery at the OU

The use of the e-assessement tools for summative purposes (affecting the final mark for a module) has risen to around 16% of all quizzes delivered.  Meanwhile a new question engine for Moodle has been pioneered by Tim Hunt and Phil Butcher and is scheduled for release this December.  Phil says “the new engine has a crispness and consistency that inspires confidence” and he’s pleased to “wave farewell to many of the inconsistencies of the old engine”.

Enhancements planned over the next year include:

  • Drag and drop of words onto images
  • Drag and drop of images onto images
  • New short answer question using pattern-matching algorithm
  • New question type using drop-down lists
  • New question type to enable placing of markers on an image
  • New numerical question type enabling use of mathematical and scientific notation
  • New question type to enable incorporation of Java applets (including automated marking of diagrams)
  • Audio recording question type
  • New authoring interface
  • Inclusion of STACK maths questions
  • Interface to Learnosity audio recording tool
  • Dragging implemented on touch screen devices e.g. iPad
  • Better import and export from question bank to facilitate off-line authoring

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