QuesTInSitu: From tests to routes for assessment in situ activities.


Patricia Santos, Mar Pérez-Sanagustín, Davinia Hernández-Leo, Josep Blat
Information and Communication Technologies Department, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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C&E Computers & Education Journal

Test-based assessment tools are mostly focused on the use of computers. However, advanced Information
and Communication Technologies, such as handheld devices, opens up the possibilities of creating
new assessment scenarios, increasing the teachers’ choices to design more appropriate tests for their
subject areas. In this paper we use the term Computing-Based Testing (CBT) instead of Computer-Based
Testing, as it captures better the emerging trends. Within the CBT context, the paper is centered on
proposing an approach for “Assessment in situ” activities, where questions have to be answered in front
of a real space/location (situ). In particular, we present the QuesTInSitu software implementation that
includes both an editor and a player based on the IMS Question and Test Interoperability specification
and GoogleMaps. With QuesTInSitu teachers can create geolocated questions and tests (routes), and
students can answer the tests using mobile devices with GPS when following a route. Three illustrating
scenarios and the results from the implementation of one of them in a real educational situation show
that QuesTInSitu enables the creation of innovative, enriched and context-aware assessment activities.
The results also indicate that the use of mobile devices and location-based systems in assessment
activities facilitates students to put explorative and spatial skills into practice and fosters their motivation,
reflection and personal observation.

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Santos, P., Pérez-Sanagustín, M., Hernández-Leo, D. & Blat, J. (2011) QuesTInSitu: From tests to routes for assessment in situ activities. Computers & Education, 57 (4), 2517-2534.