eAssessment and Information and Communication Technology Literacy in Open and Distance Learning

eAssessment and Information and Communication Technology Literacy in Open and Distance Learning

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eAssessment and Information and Communication Technology Literacy in Open and Distance Learning

Providing fair assessment with timely feedback for students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) using the traditional approach –, pen on paper examination of learning outcomes is a difficult task due to the large class sizes. This paper explored eAssessment challenges and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy needed for effective automation of assessment in order to overcome the burden. The population consists of students of NOUN already exposed to eAssessment. Samples were randomly drawn from one study centre in three out of the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria for the study. The study seeks to determine the participants’, eAssessment challenges, their ICT literacy and way forward for automation of Assessment processes. The data collected by administration of questionnaire developed by the author via intensive literature search and experience in the field were analysed by using descriptive statistics. The results of the data analyses showed that the participants ICT literacy has implications for automation of Assessment practices. eAssessment challenges were identified and way forward for improving eAssessment were proffered for entrenchment of good practices. Viable recommendations that would lead to standard settings in automation of large scale assessment practices were made to bring about innovations for the 21st century.Keywords: eAssessment challenges, ICT literacy, automation of assessment, standard settings.

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