Evaluation and dissemination of a tool for administering online MCQ assessments to psychology undergraduatesThis miniproject is now complete.
Recent interest in and use of online assessments across a range of disciplines has raised a number of issues relating to student experience and performance using this medium. The validity of such online tests is a crucial consideration, especially if they are to be used for summative as well as formative assessment. The current project will disseminate a tool for constructing online MCQ assessments which has been developed and used at Bolton Institute of Higher Education, and present a preliminary evaluation of the use of this tool. The evaluation element will address 3 key research questions: (i) what are students' experiences and perceptions of online MCQ tests; (ii) how does the performance of groups of students taking the same test in online and offline contexts compare; (iii) is there any evidence of a relationship between computer anxiety measures and/or biosocial attributes and performance on online MCQ tests. The latter issue is of prime importance in the context of the current emphasis on both e-learning and widening participation in higher education.
Details of assessments and tools.Funding:
April 2004Contact: Claire Hewson
, Department of Psychology,,
University of Bolton,,
Bolton, BL3 5AB