Transforming a Competency Model to Parameterised Questions in Assessment

  • Onjira Sitthisak
  • Lester Gilbert
  • Hugh C. Davis
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-01344-7_29

Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 18)
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Sitthisak O., Gilbert L., Davis H.C. (2009) Transforming a Competency Model to Parameterised Questions in Assessment. In: Cordeiro J., Hammoudi S., Filipe J. (eds) Web Information Systems and Technologies. WEBIST 2008. Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing, vol 18. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg

Abstract

The problem of comparing and matching different learners’ knowledge arises when assessment systems use a one-dimensional numerical value to represent “knowledge level”. Such assessment systems may measure inconsistently because they estimate this level differently and inadequately. The multi-dimensional competency model called COMpetence-Based learner knowledge for personalized Assessment (COMBA) is being developed to represent a learner’s knowledge in a multi-dimensional vector space. The heart of this model is to treat knowledge, not as possession, but as a contextualized space of capability either actual or potential. The paper discusses a system for automatically generating questions from the COMBA competency model as a “guide-on-the–side”. The system’s novel design and implementation involves an ontological database that represents the intended learning outcome to be assessed across a number of dimensions, including level of cognitive ability and subject matter. The system generates all the questions that are possible from a given learning outcome, which may then be used to test for understanding, and so could determine the degree to which learners actually acquire the desired knowledge.

Keywords

Competency Assessment Knowledge level Ontology 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Onjira Sitthisak
    • 1
  • Lester Gilbert
    • 1
  • Hugh C. Davis
    • 1
  1. 1.Learning Societies Lab, School of Electronics and Computer ScienceUniversity of Southampton, HighfieldSouthamptonUnited Kingdom

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