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QuesTInSitu: from tests to routes for assessment in situ activities
Santos Rodríguez, Patrícia; Pérez Sanagustín, Maria del Mar; Hernández Leo, Davinia; Blat, Josep
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Test-based assessment tools are mostly focused on the use of computers. However, advanced Information and Communication Technologies, such as handheld devices, opens up the possibilities of creating new assessment scenarios, increasing the teachers’ choices to design more appropriate tests for their subject areas. In this paper we use the term Computing-Based Testing (CBT) instead of Computer-Based Testing, as it captures better the emerging trends. Within the CBT context, the paper is centred on proposing an approach for “Assessment in situ” activities, where questions have to be answered in front of a real space/location (situ). In particular, we present the QuesTInSitu software implementation that includes both an editor and a player based on the IMS Question and Test Interoperability specification and GoogleMaps. With QuesTInSitu teachers can create geolocated questions and tests (routes), and students can answer the tests using mobile devices with GPS when following a route. Three illustrating scenarios and the results from the implementation of one of them in a real educational situation show that QuesTInSitu enables the creation of innovative, enriched and context-aware assessment activities. The results also indicate that the use of mobile devices and location-based systems in assessment activities facilitates students to put explorative and spatial skills into practice and fosters their motivation, reflection and personal observation.
This work has been partially funded by the Spanish Learn 3 project (TIN2008-05163/TSI).
Tecnologia educativa
Ensenyament assistit per ordinador
Tests i proves en educació -- Informàtica
Improving classroom teaching
Interactive learning environments
Mobile assessment
Assessment in situ
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