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An evaluation of the multimedia personal computer as an assessment tool

Bell, Francis Bryan (1997) An evaluation of the multimedia personal computer as an assessment tool. Doctoral thesis, University of Huddersfield.

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    Abstract

    The aim of this research was to investigate and evaluate how computerised assessment
    could be progressed using current advances in technology (1993-1996) such as the
    increased computing power and storage capacity, and multimedia capabilities. This
    research would be conducted with respect to a typical chemistry degree course.

    After a detailed literature survey it was concluded that the major computerised
    assessment technique was the multiple-choice format or a hybrid of it. A typical
    degree course was analysed in order to determine the learning outcomes and if these
    could be assessed by computerisation. Of the assessment methods used in a degree
    course, it was found that 57% of these could be computerised to some extent. These
    assessment methods were found to be objective in nature.

    This research focused on investigating the feasibility of producing computerised
    assessment methods that in effect used the computer as an electronic notepad and an
    on-line tutor. Students would be able to input each step of their solution to a problem.
    The student would be assessed on that step of their solution and not only on the end
    answer.

    It was found that computerised assessment could be extended beyond the multiplechoice
    format to assessing students' process skills in problem solving. Students can
    input each stage of their solution to a problem and receive feedback in real-time as to
    whether or not their methodology is correct.

    Several areas have been investigated: practical chemistry, in particular apparatus
    assembly; physical chemistry, mathematical problem solving; organic chemistry,
    reaction mechanisms; chemical information and retrieval. During these investigations
    several prototypes of the applications were developed. These prototypes were
    developed using Visual Basic 3.0 Professional for Windows 3.1. These prototypes
    serve as the data that support this research.

    Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
    Additional Information: EThOS Persistent ID uk.bl.ethos.363239
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Computer assisted learning, Chemical education, Education, Chemistry, Electric engineering
    Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
    Q Science > QD Chemistry
    L Education > L Education (General)
    Schools: School of Applied Sciences
    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2009 10:35
    Last Modified: 28 Jul 2010 19:48
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/5976

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