Jun 10th 2015

Scaling e-Assessments to a next level

Amalgamation of technology with education has provided numerous avenues for escalating learning process to a whole new level. E-Assessment is one of those which fall in this purview.

Traditionally, assessment was tedious but when technology revolutionized education industry, e-Assessment came into function. With an innovative and effective approach, teachers were able to manage the exam cycle from content to assessment. Content development, candidate management, test conduction, marking and assessment and reporting are some of the basic functionalities of e-assessment tool.

But as every cloud has a silver lining, this too was not devoid of drawbacks. E-assessment wrecked the total system when different LMS and devices were included in portfolio. Instructors found it difficult to make assessment sheets portable on different devices supported by diverse back-end LMS. The crippled assessment delivery engine failed when it was made to run on devices with varied back-end technology, proving its intolerance and non-compatibility.

A more flexible and scalable technology thus came into existence. QTI, which stands for Question and Test Interoperability, is a specification that integrates LMS with learning applications, providing a way of exchanging assessment information such as questions, tests and results. QTI preserves the cohesiveness of learning environment by aiding in question design, content development and continuous updating on different devices and delivery systems.

The basic technology behind QTI is XML- extensible markup language. QTI lays out data models for assessment item (questions/content), tests and results. Implementing QTI needs transformation of existing data models into XML definitions to enable compatibility between question authoring tool and LMS system or Assessment App.

With CMMI Level 5 accreditation and pervasive experience in Ed-tech software industry, Diaspark provides a trusted QTI implementation framework to seamlessly support the e-assessment process and deliver integration of rich applications and devices at an ease. Diaspark has made available different question types or item types in its QTI functionality, such as ‘True/False’, ‘Multiple Choice’, ‘Fill in the blanks’, ‘ Match the following’ etc. More advance versions include question types such as ‘Hotspot’, ‘Multimedia’, ‘Form’ etc. in learning objects.

Diaspark ensured publishing, scoring and information exchange within any assessment environment, thus making learning a better experience.

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