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Best of Two Worlds – Using two assessment tools in one course

The key outcomes of the paper, Best of Two Worlds, produced as part of a collaboration project between the University of Antwerp (UA) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) on the e-assessment tools AlephQ and JACK will be presented during next week’s TEA Conference 2018 at the Vrije Universteit Amsterdam.

The paper reports on practical experiences with the two e-assessment tools AlephQ and JACK, explains their key features and sketches usage scenarios from two different universities.

AlephQ offers teachers a set of building blocks to implement its own questions, with ordering and grading schemes, within a user friendly interface. In the second term of 2014-2015 AlephQ was tested on a few pilot courses at the University of Antwerp. The roll out of the software AlephQ started in the academic year 2015-2016 and turned out to be very successful. In the academic year of 2017-2018 AlephQ was used in 92 courses in 9 different faculties of the Antwerp University. 75% of the different electronic exam copies were AlephQ files, whereas 25% of the electronic copies were BlackBoard* online tests or assignments.

At the University of Duisburg-Essen, the e-assessment system JACK is used. It offers simple exercise types like multiple choice or multiple response questions and close texts as well as complex exercise types like code submission for programming exercises. The University of Duisburg-Essen uses JACK in various domains of study and in different usage scenarios covering diagnostic, formative and summative assessments.

These software packages offer complementary functionalities and complementary benefits which results in a richer learning experience for students than the standard question types from the classical learning-management-system could offer.

The combination of Jack and AlephQ allows the teaching staff to support students to master essential principals, skills and knowledge, necessary to master a discipline and to properly prepare for the exam. By offering quick and detailed feedback on a regular base, students have the opportunity to review and to optimize their study strategy. AlephQ and JACK make this feasible for large groups of students.

Read the full paper.

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