Assessment Software: The Differentiating Factors
When deciding which assessment software to use, what separates one from the next?
Your organization is building a unique, engaging learning platform. While learning content may be your forte, there are other areas – such as the online assessment software component – which often require more attention than you initially think.
A combination of formative and summative assessment is being recognized as an important part of learning and education, whether your learning product is aimed at kindergarten or corporate learners. Getting the assessment component of your learning platform right takes time, effort, and resources; which is why organizations often tend to use assessment software built by the experts to ensure they always stay on top.
Choosing an assessment software, however, is a daunting task which takes time and a lot of careful consideration. When it comes to this decision, we’re sure a lot of learning companies will agree that the quality of the software that exists can vary hugely. Understanding the potential value that the software can offer your organization is key in this difficult evaluation.
You want your learning product to work perfectly for all learners, regardless of any impairments they may have. Making your learning product accessible is a difficult task, one which often requires an accessibility team to develop, test, and improve the learning tools until they are in line with the guidelines of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
When researching assessment software for your learning product, accessibility is a top priority. Ensuring your product is accessible isn’t just a nice-to-have, it’s a requirement.
A successful learning product has the potential to empower thousands, and even millions, of users with amazing learning experiences. The infrastructure of your assessment software can, however, impact just how many learners your learning product can reach. When choosing an assessment software, ensure you ask the right questions to find out if the software has what it takes to successfully deliver thousands to millions of assessments when you need to. Don’t be afraid to ask challenging questions on the historical uptime/downtime of the software in your research process.
When investing in an educational assessment software, you want to ensure that your learning product will still feel like, well, your learning product. Choosing an assessment software that integrates seamlessly with your product means that the end product delivered to learners will not come across as varies components forced together, but instead, will be a fully connected experience. Users need not know if someone else’s assessment software is part of your learning product – what they should know is that you’ve built an awesome learning product!
Question Types & Features
Needless to say, ensuring that the technology-enhanced items (TEIs) and online features appropriate to your learning product are available in your assessment software is essential. TEIs are question types designed to encourage learners to construct an answer as opposed to selecting a response from a group of possible responses. They require learners to think critically, meaning that they gain a much better understanding of a particular topic.
Online assessment features have the ability to transform your online assessment into an authentic, engaging experience. Features such as online protractors, rulers, and video/audio can really impact the quality of students’ learning experiences.
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