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Methods and Tools for Online Objective Testing

Methods and Tools for Online Objective Testing
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Author(s): Gennaro Costagliola (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy), Filomena Ferrucci (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy) and Vittorio Fuccella (Università degli Studi di Salerno, Italy)
Copyright: 2009
Pages: 9
Source title: Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Second Edition
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Patricia L. Rogers (Bemidji State University, USA), Gary A. Berg (California State University Channel Islands (Retired), USA), Judith V. Boettcher (Designing for Learning, USA), Caroline Howard (HC Consulting, USA), Lorraine Justice (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong) and Karen D. Schenk (K. D. Schenk and Associates Consulting, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-198-8.ch202

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Abstract

Online Testing, also known as Computer Assisted Assessment (CAA), is a sector of e-learning aimed at assessing learner’s knowledge through e-learning means. In recent years, the means for knowledge evaluation have evolved in order to satisfy the necessity of evaluating a big mass of learners in strict times: objective tests, more rapidly assessable, have gained a heavier weight in the determination of learners’ results. Multiple Choice question type is extremely popular in objective tests, since, among other advantages, a large number of tests based on it can be easily corrected automatically. These items are composed of a stem and a list of options. The stem is the text that states the question. The only correct answer is called the key, whilst the incorrect answers are called distractors (Woodford & Bancroft, 2005).

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