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Bloom's Taxonomy and the Cognitive Processes

by Dimitri

What is Bloom's Taxonomy?

The story in regards to the cognitive processes began in 1948, when a group of educators embarked on the journey of categorizing educational goals and objectives. Their main area of interest was three domains which needed to be classified. They were: the cognitive, the affective, and the psychomotor. So when the classification was finished and the work came to an end the cognitive domain surfaced in the 1950s and was known as Bloom's Taxonomy of the Cognitive Domain. There were other taxonomies developed in the process as well but by a group of other educators who focused their interest on affective and psychomotor domains.

Before we go any further it is important to know what taxonomy means as it is not every day you hear this word and it may be that most people will never even use this word. The word “taxonomy” simply means a certain way to group things together. For e.g. in biology classes’ Linnaean taxonomy is most renowned where you have a bunch of animals and you can group them according to various characteristics and give them or assign them names. Bloom's taxonomy is somewhat similar to this where three domains were classified as follows:

  • The cognitive – which is a knowledge based domain, comprising of six levels
  • The affective – which is an attitudinal based domain, comprising of five levels, and
  • The psychomotor – which is a skills based domain, comprising of six levels

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Exploring the Role of Exams in Modern Education and the Need for Change

by Dimitri


Exams are an extremely important component of American education. Students must take tests to demonstrate proficiency in a subject area. Exams are also a primary means of determining who gets into college.

We educators begin testing students at early ages. Those who perform well end up with an advantage in life. We place them in advanced classes while in elementary school. There, they learn things that can place them on the right path to academic success. Others, who perhaps do not perform as well on our tests, can go in the opposite direction.

With so much riding on exams, it is only fair for those of us in the teaching professions wonder if we can make testing more student-friendly. We explore that issue, but first, let us consider how the current emphasis on tests developed.

 

A Brief History of Modern Testing

Measuring aptitude became a national concern during World War I. The Army wanted to know the “intelligence” of its recruits. This knowledge would allow them to place the soldiers in the right positions, they believed.

The use of intelligence tests continued after World War II. A major reason was the growth of the military industrial complex. During the war, the government invested heavily in the Manhattan Project to create the Atomic Bomb. This weapon, though horrific, helped end the war, saving many lives that would have been lost during the planned invasion of the Japanese mainland.

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Learning Should Be Fun: Delight Your Mind by Becoming Acquainted With Your World

by Dimitri

Experiential Learning - Being Able to Know First Hand is Key to Fun Learning.

A school-age boy stepped on something in his local creek. Imagine the "cool" factor of actually stepping on an abandoned mastodon tooth in your neighborhood creek bed one hot summer day just before lunch! The lucky 9-year old kid who had that experience will never look at a creek, a tooth or anything referring to mastodons - in the same way again! Because our little guy was able with a single step to transform an ordinary creek bed into an outdoor classroom, his approach to learning has been transformed as well. The questions that are posed to educators are: should learning be fun, and what are the best ways to make learning fun? We cannot all go through life looking for lucky educational creek beds, but we can approach the world as an open classroom, ready for people of all ages to dive in and learn as they have never learned before!

 

Experiential Learning is Key to Grabbing the Attention of Students of All Ages.

Back in education past, written learning and repetition were the most common methods of teaching and learning a school lesson. Students had to learn, memorize, and then regurgitate their lesson contents to be able to pass to a higher grade. Somewhere along the way, educators realized that there was a more effective way to teach lessons and reach students. The course of classroom education changed for the better. Students began to use regular textbooks, which were written with the student in mind. As the learning began to drift away from the “wrote” style of teaching and learning, education and research began to bloom. As the educators themselves began to explore teaching and learning methods, students began to engage differently with their school materials.

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Quiz Authorization Types in ExamJet

by Dimitri

In ExamJet you can set an authorization method when you publish a quiz.

As you know, the previous version had only one authorization type. Candidates had to enter previously generated access codes in order to take the quiz. This is very secure way to protect a quiz but, sometimes it’s annoying or excessive.

We have decided to add some flexibility to this part of the system and with help of our early testers chose to include two more authorization types. Now, the complete list of authorization system consists from:

  1. Anonymous Testing
  2. Generate Access Codes
  3. Set Master Password

Each one is designed to correspond to certain requirements, and of course each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.

Let’s take a closer look.

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ExamJet Quiz Maker 3.2 Released

by Dimitri

Today we are announcing a number of very exciting changes to ExamJet. With the recent release of version 3.2 we had implemented an update to the authorization system used in test publishing wizard.


Full list of changes, improvements and bug fixes in version 3.2

What’s new in Test Manager:

  • New: Authorization system is much more flexible. You can choose three options: Anonymous Testing, Generate Access Codes and Set Password;
  • Improved: Validation when saving;
  • Improved: When adding a new grading scale in an empty list it will become a default one;
  • Fixed: Test Manager will now save the selected question bank and current view when you close the program;
  • New: You can now open entries by double-click or pressing the Enter button;
  • New: You can now hide disabled tests;
  • New: Every grid has now an ability to sort rows by clicking its title;
  • Fixed: A rare bug when creating a local database;
  • Improved: Search in results is now case insensitive;
  • Improved: At least one grading scale has to be present in the Test Manager;
  • New: Now, you can enter a test name when publish a new test.


What’s new in Tester:

  • New: Now you can specify a supervisor password to protect database settings;
  • New: Test List window to choose published test or quiz;
  • Fixed: Reset button was working incorrectly.


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5 Tips to Succeed in an Online Course

by Dimitri

[nozoom]5 Tips to Succeed in an Online CourseWhen people, especially fathers, mothers, and busy working professionals think about going back to class, many see no way of squeezing campus into their already hectic routines. Taking online classes can help with that time crunch and save these people several hours every week, which they can convert into home study time. The courses are a perfect way for busy people to gain advanced certifications and training or even switch career paths. They are an effective way for first time job seekers who require specialized training to improve their job prospects. However, for you to excel, you need to take note of the following five tips to help you succeed in an online course.

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Install Microsoft SQL Server Express and Configure ExamJet Quiz Maker

by Dimitri

To use all features of ExamJet Quiz Maker and use it on a local network you should install a fully functional remote database – SQL Server or SQL Server Express.

 

Install SQL Server Express

SQL Server Express is a free edition of Microsoft SQL Server and it is an ideal solution for storing large number quizzes and tests in ExamJet Quiz Maker.

Installing and configuring SQL Server is quite easy. Installation wizard has all the necessary options to configure it properly.

Download the latest version of SQL Server Express from the official website: http://www.microsoft.com/express/sql/‎

You will need to download “SQL Server Express with Tools” which contains the database engine and management studio.

Depending on your system, you will need to choose 32-bit or 64-bit version to download.

We recommend installing it on Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 or on Windows Server 2012 R2.

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Assessment of Educational Process by Students

by Dimitri

 

Assessment of educational processes is one of the most important methods in monitoring of teaching and quality control strategies.

Quite a number of monitoring and assessment methods and approaches are used in the educational system. Monitoring of teaching and learning strategies is mainly the responsibility of the educational institution. The assessment may also be carried out by any researcher, group of researchers, international organization or by a governmental or international program interested in one or another issue. However, the fact is that the monitoring is just able to give unilateral or global assessment. It cannot draw a complete picture of the dynamics of daily teaching activities.

[nozoom]Assessment of Educational Process by StudentsIn the second half of the twentieth century, a system, called 360-degree feedback was founded, which has been widespread throughout all western countries. This system, also known as the all-round and multilateral system, means involvement of all participants into monitoring and assessment processes and detailed analyses of findings.

 

Assessment Method of the Educational Processes

According to the modern approaches to monitoring and assessment activities, assessment done by a student - a key person in educational processes, since popularization of multilateral appraisal tendencies, is extremely important. All the leading schools in the West today regularly use the approach of Student’s Assessment of Educational Processes. Similar to 360-degree feedback method, it also has a history lasting just several decades. E.g. at Stanford University in the United States, Student’s Assessment approach was first used in the academic year of 1996-1997. From that time on, other leading schools started to apply this approach and today, assessment of educational processes by students is considered to be an integral part of the Western educational systems.

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