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DESIGNING COMPUTERIZED ADAPTIVE TESTS AND ITS EFFECTIVENESS IN DEVELOPING ACHIEVEMENT AND MOTIVATION AMONG ARABIAN GULF UNIVERSITY GRADUATE STUDENTS


Authors: Alajab Mohammed Alajab
Abstract: This research aimed at identifying the effectiveness of designing and application of computerized adaptive tests submitted through the virtual learning environment-Moodle- as a tool to support the educational process in improving academic achievement and motivation towards educational material among tutoring and assessing distance students in Distance Teaching and Training Program at Arabian Gulf University. Computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is a sophisticated method of delivering examinations, and has nearly 40 years of technical research supporting it. An additional body of literature investigates the context of CAT, such as comparisons to paper-based or computeradministered conventional tests. Computer adaptive tests are designed to adjust their level of difficulty based on the responses provided to match the knowledge and ability of a test taker. The researchers has used the developmental approach with semi-experimental design and post-test control group, and the study sample consisted of (35) students enrolled in their first year in Distance teaching and training Program at Arabian Gulf University, who were registered in Tutoring and assessing distance students course in the school years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015.To measure dependent variables the researchers used motivation scale toward educational material (IMMS) by Keller, J., and academic achievement was measured by the final estimate points obtained by each learner in the end of the course. The results showed a statistically significant difference in the post application of achievement test for the experimental group differences, and the presence of statistically significant differences between the average scores of the experimental group in the tribal application and post to gauge motivation differences for the benefit of the dimensional application, and that the total score and the sub-themes of the motivation scale.
Keywords: Computerized adaptive testing, Academic achievement, Motivation, Virtual learning environment.
Published in: Journal of Teaching and Education;Vol. 5(No.2):13
URL: http://universitypublications.net/jte/0502/html/B6R63.xml
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