AUTOMATING THE CONSTRUCTION OF SELECTED-RESPONSE ITEMS WITH A TEXT-TO-ITEMS CONVERTER
AbstractThis paper focuses on the role of technology in facilitating the process of language test development in online settings. In particular, it takes an in-depth look at one specific step in the entire testing cycle: the construction of (selected-response) test items with the aid of the text-to-items converter on WebClass, the author’s own online learning management system (webclass.co). The text converter can be used to edit an entire set of questions in a single editor pane (similar to a word processor) and then submit them to a parsing script which converts them into test items proper. The main advantage of using the converter is time efficiency: instead of moving step-by-step from one item to the next (which may be time-consuming), a large number of test items can be created in one go.
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