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UKZN Testing Electronic Assessment System

2013/07/12 03:52:25 PM

The University of Limpopo’s Senior Lecturer of Histology in the Department of Anatomy, Dr Pieter Ackermann, recently delivered a presentation on an electronic assessment system to academics at UKZN’s School of Management, Information Technology and Governance.

Dr Pieter Ackermann.

The system, named Riddel, was developed by Ackermann five years ago. It is a computer testing system with a facility for reading speed tests and language and grammar testing.

The presentation highlighted that the system was particularly useful for image intensive subjects while tests could be compiled for any subject and the interface of the programme could be translated into any language making it possible to compile a computer test in isiZulu.

‘Computer testing has many advantages for an institution,’ said Ackerman. ‘A major benefit is that it is less labour intensive and makes life much easier for lecturers allowing them more time for research.’

UKZN academics Ms Upasana Singh and Dr Ziska Fields will test the system to ascertain its feasibility for adoption at the University.

Singh said adopting the automated manual marking process will save staff time, especially with the large number of first-year students the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance deals with annually.

‘Using Riddel will benefit students by allowing more frequent assessments as the system does all marking automatically, offering extensive statistical reporting facilities and special features that allow questions to be re-marked or excluded while automatically updating student marks.

‘The most important aspect of this system is that it runs on a local network, making it much faster than many of the proprietary systems,’ said Singh.

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