An XML Approach for Assessment in Education

V. Manso, J.M. Raga, R. Romero, C.E. Palau, J.C. Guerri, and M. Esteve (Spain)


Computerbased Assessment, Tele education, XML, Internetbased courseware


Research efforts in the computer aided education field are represented by a broad spectrum of applications, from the virtual classroom to remote courses. In these environments, visualizing the progress of students in a certain course is an important part of the learning process. We have developed an evaluation tool, with which teachers can easily create questions of different types, store them in a database and afterwards use them to compose exams and autoevaluation exercises of different kinds. The advantages of our system include an improvement in the fulfillment of the teacher’s duties; an increase in the responsiveness of the exam results to the level of student understanding; and the potential for using the application in distance learning and self-training. The main novelty of the system is the usage of JAVA, XML, JSP and JavaBeans as a basis for courseware generation. The system described in this paper provides a WWW based assessment environment, which can be integrated in a set of course materials for delivery on the network. The main objective is to develop a testing environment with instant feedback to teachers and students, using multimedia information and several kinds of questions.

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