Title

Computer-based practical exams in an applied information technology course

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

International Society for Technology in Education

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Education/Centre for Schooling and Learning Technologies

RAS ID

15974

Comments

This article was originally published as: Newhouse, C.P. (2013). Computer-based practical exams in an applied information technology course. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 45(3), 263-286.

Abstract

Worldwide, fewer and fewer work tasks are done using paper and pen, yet most high-stakes assessment in schools continues to use this primitive technology. This paper reports on one component of a project investigating the use of digital technologies to facilitate assessment tasks for high-stakes summative purposes in senior secondary courses. It reports on how a computer-based production exam was implemented in 17 final-year secondary school classes for the Applied Information Technology course in Western Australia. Further, it compares the comparative pairs method of marking with a more traditional analytical method. The conclusion was that this digital form of assessment should replace the existing paper-based exam; however, it was less certain which method of marking should be applied.

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