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Web-based assessment software: Fit for purpose or squeeze to fit?

Jay Dempster, Academic Staff Development, University of Warwick

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While there has been a growing array of software tools developed for the purpose of enabling non-programmers to author computer-based tests and surveys, there is now a visible market for enabling such tests for be delivered over the internet, predominantly using the web. This article reviews the software package, Perception, the latest offering from the world leaders in this area of software development, Question Mark Computing, and makes some comparisons with alternative tools. The decision of which tools to invest in (both purchase and time/effort) is discussed in relation to the technological requirements for running the software, but more importantly, fitting the tools appropriately to your educational objectives.

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