MANN, H. and GLASFURD-BROWN, G., 2006. Learning from assessment: evaluating the benefits of DALI (diagnostic assessment learning interface). IN: Danson, M. (ed.). 10th CAA International Computer Assisted Assessment Conference : Proceedings of the Conference on 4th and 5th July 2006 at Loughborough University. Loughborough : Lougborough University, pp. 263-270
The DALI Project is a Teaching and Learning Innovation Fund (TALIF) pilot
study at the University of Essex. DALI (Diagnostic Assessment Learning
Interface) is an add-on to QuestionMark Perception (1), which enables students
to see how well they’ve performed in each topic (a group of questions). It
provides learners and instructors with multiple ways to view assessment
information in order to gauge progress in specific topic areas.
The DALI interface:
allows a student to select the score level that they wish to achieve;
highlights the last topic-based feedback provided to the learner;
provides statistics associated with any selected topic; and
displays topic descriptions as learning objectives.
The paper discusses how the project aimed to understand better the use of
online assessment with a particular focus on the student experience. Data were
collected on matters such as what the students perceive to be the merits and
demerits of online assessment, and what motivated or discouraged them from
using it. These issues are particularly salient: the National Student Survey has
shown assessment and feedback to be a particular concern for students. As the
market for e-delivery expands more thought needs to be given to how students
learn with e-learning, and the ways in which this should inform the design of elearning
activity, including e-assessment.