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

Malau-Aduli, Bunmi S., Assenheimer, Dwight, Choi-Lundberg, Derek, and Zimitat, Craig (2013) Using computer-based technology to improve feedback to staff and students on MCQ assessments. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 2013. pp. 1-13.

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Abstract

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 (MCQs) examinations 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 students' learning, and enabled modification of teaching to better support student learning.

Item ID: 32482
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1470-3300
Keywords: feedback; quality of MCQ assessments; first year medical students; teaching staff
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2014 04:23
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1199 Other Medical and Health Sciences > 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified @ 80%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 20%
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