Testing and marking takes up an inordinate amount of time for college and university educators.
Essentially it is dead, uncreative, unproductive time. Teaching and research is the creative heart of an
academic's life. Testing and marking is a drain on this. The larger a class, the worse this situation
Computer-based training and assessment methods can relieve part of this burden.
If you turn your mid-terms tests, for example, into an electronic test with
automated marking, even a class with 100 students or more becomes a doddle to deal with.
If you add to that the possibility of training modules (test modules released before
testing for the student to spend as much time on as they like), weaker students
can be motivated by the interactive environment and are more likely to pass the
course, raising your success rates and reducing the burden of retakes.
We provide a series of easily-installed Windows applications to help you with
training and testing.
Independence of college administration
- The Qedoc Quiz Player: students install this free programme
on their computers to run the modules you create. The Player has been specially
designed to maximize learning motivation. Learn more...
- The Qedoc Quiz Maker: this is where you create
interactive educational modules to fit in with your courses. The Quiz Maker has been
designed to turn your ideas into professional-looking, interactive learning games
with a minimum of time and effort. Learn more...
- The Qedoc Marker: shortly to be released.
A lot of colleges offer what are called "Learning Management Systems" (or similar).
These can have disadvantages, such as: being incredibly expensive, locking you in
to a specific set of functions, administration-centered and administration-heavy,
making your test development dependent on your IT department.
If you go with the Qedoc system, it frees you up from this.
Free or commercial path?
- No server or network installation required.
- The only necessary software are simple Windows applications which any
student or professor can install on a computer without assistance.
- Any laptop is sufficient, even when you are away at
a conference or visiting another college. Your students can also use training
material away from college.
- No-cost route means independence of budgetting and financial controls.
- Training is not needed.
The Qedoc Quiz Player is free anyway - but you also need a copy of the Qedoc Quiz Maker,
and as a college or university faculty member, you have two paths open to you
as regards licencing of the Qedoc Quiz Maker:
If you choose the former, the modules you
create with the authoring software must also be released to the public
for free on our site. The licencing scheme for release of modules is
exactly the same as the scheme used (as of March 2006) by the Massachussetts
Institute of Technology Open Courseware programme. (Note that we are not
related to MIT; it's just an example of another use of the same licencing
Advantages for you of the free user route:
Advantages for you of the paid-up user route:
- You pay nothing.
- The world benefits from your genius.
- Other educators unknown to you may pick up your modules and develop
them further, so the next time you teach a similar course, additional
free materials are available to you.
The free route therefore means open access for students as well as any other
educators. If you build a test module with only about 20-50 questions covering
your entire course, this may not make sense, because students could swap their
entire revision programme for a quick peek at the questions and answers. However
if you build a training module which contains most of the testable course content
(perhaps several hundred questions) and which feeds this out in randomised short tests,
the students have to learn the material one way or the other, and the Qedoc Quiz Player
simply assists this process by offering a fun and educationally effective learning mechanism.
- You can prevent, limit and control student access to the module
in a fine-grained manner.
- Students cannot use the authoring programme to look up the answers
unless you allow this.
- Students cannot get hold of the modules before any exam you might
be planning - unless you want this.
- Modules can have different kinds of password protection.
- Student registration ID's and verification codes can be passed through the system.
Competitions between educational institutions can be set up almost as a single-click process
with our software, using what we call "private learning communities". Steps to creating
an inter-collegiate competition:
The rest of the process is entirely built-in and automated. Via the Qedoc Quiz Player interface,
every password-holder has live real-time access to the competition scores and can either participate,
observe or both.
- Create a suitable module with the authoring tool.
- Create a private learning community (click on the appropriate button in the Qedoc Quiz Player)
and write down the password for it.
- Pass the module and password on to your colleagues at other institutions, who pass them on
to those of their students who wish to participate.