It all started one warm Friday afternoon about 12 years ago. I was observing a Y10 class in a fairly typical mainstream secondary school. They were taking a test using Paperless School, a now-defunct system that I had designed.
One pair of boys particularly caught my attention. They were lolling back in their chairs, chatting about snooker and doing their absolute adolescent damnedest to project a “too cool for school” attitude. Once in a while they would click on an answer on the screen so they could lay some vague claim to still being working.
Engaged with the task they were not.
Realisation slowly dawned that, as system designer, this was my fault. I had to take responsibility for Continue reading
There are three major, and several minor, results pages in Yacapaca. Ordered by level of detail, the major pages are the Gradebook, Activity Log and Detail.
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This is your overview for a complete student set, for a whole Continue reading
Computer-adaptive Testing (CAT) has actually been around since the 1970s but it is still little-known and less understood.
How CAT works
Any given CAT assessment is based on a large bank of questions of varying, but known, difficulty on a given topic. The first question is served at Continue reading
If you have been confirmed by your colleagues as a bona-fide member of teaching staff in your school, you can now see a list of all the questions in a quiz, together with the global response statistics for each question, before you assign it.
Why only for confirmed members of staff? It’s just Continue reading