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Automated Evaluation of an Educational Experience

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119696D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lieser, MK: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A program is disclosed that enables an accurate (and quick) evaluation of the objective value of a learning experience. This program operates on three input files. Two of these files are produced from scanning in "machine readable" pre-test and then post-test forms. The third file is created by the program from the user's input. This third file is called the Data Interpretation file and describes "how the program should interpret" the pre-test and post-test data files.

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Automated Evaluation of an Educational Experience

      A program is disclosed that enables an accurate (and
quick) evaluation of the objective value of a learning experience.
This program operates on three input files.  Two of these files are
produced from scanning in "machine readable" pre-test and then
post-test forms.  The third file is created by the program from the
user's input.  This third file is called the Data Interpretation file
and describes "how the program should interpret" the pre-test and
post-test data files.

      The basic sequence of operation is:
1.   The course instructor scans-in the pre-test forms and then
scans-in the post-test forms into their own input files.  An answer
key is the first form scanned for each set of forms.
2.   The course instructor then defines (option 1) how these two
input data files should be interpreted in terms of which responses
relate to which learning objectives and what the criteria for
achieving each objective is.
3.   The course instructor then uses the program (option 3) to sort
matching student forms together, then corrects each form in terms of
right, wrong or blank responses. These corrected responses are
tabulated together for display under option 4.
4.   The course instructor then uses the program (option 4) to
present a series of graphic displays of:
      a.   How well each learning objective was achieved.
      b.   How well each key learning point was mastered.
      c....