Improving Teacher Effectiveness: Designing Better Assessment Tools in Learning Management Systems
AbstractCurrent-generation assessment tools used in K-12 and post-secondary education are limited in the type of questions they support; this limitation makes it difficult for instructors to navigate their assessment engines. Furthermore, the question types tend to score low on Bloom’s Taxonomy. Dedicated learning management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard, Moodle and Canvas are somewhat better than informal tools as they offer more question types and some randomization. Still, question types in all the major LMS assessment engines are limited. Additionally, LMSs place a heavy burden on teachers to generate online assessments. In this study we analyzed the top three LMS providers to identify inefficiencies. These inefficiencies in LMS design, point us to ways to ask better questions. Our findings show that teachers have not adopted current tools because they do not offer definitive improvements in productivity. Therefore, we developed LiquiZ, a design for a next-generation assessment engine that reduces user effort and provides more advanced question types that allow teachers to ask questions that can currently only be asked in one-on-one demonstration. The initial LiquiZ project is targeted toward STEM subjects, so the question types are particularly advantageous in math or science subjects. View Full-Text
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Kruger, D.; Inman, S.; Ding, Z.; Kang, Y.; Kuna, P.; Liu, Y.; Lu, X.; Oro, S.; Wang, Y. Improving Teacher Effectiveness: Designing Better Assessment Tools in Learning Management Systems. Future Internet 2015, 7, 484-499.
Kruger D, Inman S, Ding Z, Kang Y, Kuna P, Liu Y, Lu X, Oro S, Wang Y. Improving Teacher Effectiveness: Designing Better Assessment Tools in Learning Management Systems. Future Internet. 2015; 7(4):484-499.Chicago/Turabian Style
Kruger, Dov; Inman, Sarah; Ding, Zhiyu; Kang, Yijin; Kuna, Poornima; Liu, Yujie; Lu, Xiakun; Oro, Stephen; Wang, Yingzhu. 2015. "Improving Teacher Effectiveness: Designing Better Assessment Tools in Learning Management Systems." Future Internet 7, no. 4: 484-499.