JISC call – Tech transfer around assessment (strand C)

The JISC call on Assessment and Feedback is currently out >> http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/funding_calls/2011/05/assessmentfeedback.aspx

We (UCS) are particularly interested in Strand C – the technology transfer component. The technology we’d like to transfer is a location aware assessment engine. This uses QR Codes (with short urls) as a means to access and a multiple quiz engine.

We are also interested in finding other institutions who have a specific (and existing need) for this technology. If you are interested, and interested in coming into this proposal, please email me … a.ramsden@ucs.ac.uk

The tool has been tested, it needs a few tweaks, and we are developing the authoring and reporting tool during August and September. For more information, see http://wolseyweb.ucs.ac.uk/blogs/elevate/?p=799

A potential scenario of use is as follows:


Pre-formative assessment

  • An lecturer develops a set of questions around a physical space, each question is associated with a physical object, and includes the question and four possible responses.
  • Students are arranged in teams, they register a team name, and complete a practice test to make sure the they can complete the questions on their mobile devices.
  • During the lecture the lecturer explains the test, maps it to the curriculum etc, and sets the ground rules.

The formative assessment

  • In their groups the students complete the test in the different locations, on their mobile devices. They complete each question, and submit the responses.

Post formative assessment

  • The lecturer looks at the results, looking for patterns in performance, for instance responses by question.
  • During the net lecture the leader board is displayed, particular groups are selected to explain their responses to certain questions, and generic feedback is provided.


Why location aware?

The location aspect is very exciting as it allows us to develop a number of questions for the student to complete in situ, when they can see, feel and touch the stimulus material.

Why QR Codes?

The QR Code based approach allows the quick and easy access to a web based resource, which reduces the technical barriers for students and enhances the efficiency of completing the task on the mobile device.

Could this be solely a mobile assessment?

Yes, the scenario above is based on the idea the lecturer would blend the activity for group feedback through a face to face learning activity. However, the system would be able to provide formative feedback (generic and individual) for each question.

How might the transfer work?

A proposed model would be;

  • October 2011: familiarise people with the system, ensure it meets their needs, identify what support they’ll need for the transfer (both technical and staff / student support), set up advisory group meetings for all partner institutions to attend.
  • November 2011: based on feedback on specific needs complete the software
  • December 2011: roll out to the institutions, and share dates when the tool will be used
  • January  – April 2012: use in partner institutions, support feedback to use. This will include a development sprint in March to make any tweaks to the software
  • May 2012 – June 2012: Write reports
  • July 2012 – complete the packaging of the open source solution, with documentation, reports,
  • July 2012 – October 2012 – dissemination


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