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Using computer-based technology to improve feedback to staff and students on MCQ assessments


Malau-Aduli, BS and Assenheimer, D and Choi-Lundberg, D and Zimitat, C, Using computer-based technology to improve feedback to staff and students on MCQ assessments, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 51, (5) pp. 510-522. ISSN 1470-3300 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Taylor & Francis

DOI: doi:10.1080/14703297.2013.796711


The massification of Higher Education (HE) has led to an unprecedented increase in the number of students in the classrooms, resulting in increased workload for teaching staff, sometimes leading to a great reliance on Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) exams with limited feedback provided to students. The central role of feedback in student learning is well recognised, however, it is often one of the poorest scoring items in Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (SETL) surveys. Teaching staff also need feedback on the quality of the examinations they set. In response to these key teaching and learning issues, this study developed a computer-aided system for providing meaningful and customised feedback on performance to students and the quality of MCQ assessment items to teaching staff. Furthermore, student and staff perceptions of the effectiveness and value of the feedback to learning were evaluated. Student experiences indicated that the feedback was timely, well presented, easy to understand and would aid revision for further study. In addition, the efficient provision of automatically generated item performance information to teaching staff allowed convenient quality assurance (QA) monitoring, informed staff of the progress of studentsí learning, and enabled modification of teaching to better support student learning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:feedback, quality of MCQ assessments, first year medical students, teaching staff
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Malau-Aduli, BS (Dr Bunmi Malau-Aduli)
UTAS Author:Assenheimer, D (Dr Dwight Assenheimer)
UTAS Author:Choi-Lundberg, D (Dr Derek Choi-Lundberg)
UTAS Author:Zimitat, C (Professor Craig Zimitat)
ID Code:80886
Year Published:2014 (online first 2013)
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2012-11-15
Last Modified:2015-06-17

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