- multiple choice questions have too high of an error (i.e. badly phrased question or complete guessing regardless of personal knowledge)
- Using open-ended questions, to control for the above issue, is largely limited to using an essay format
- Those with a talent for language or writing tend to get higher scores on essays than those without, regardless of actual knowledge on the subject.
- Easymap minimizes the affect of language on displaying knowledge through mind mapping technology
- prior training for using essay format may put some at a disadvantage since they would have to re-learn , thereby accentuating the learning curve of the new software
- how would these tests be graded?
For those of you who don’t already know, Dr. Butler is a psychology professor I view as my mentor, in large part due to his ability to integrate internet programming with psychology. I often stay after class to talk with him about the technology being implemented in the process.
I most recently talked about alternatives to what he is currently using to graph the mind map. He is currently using Canviz as a graphing utility and, although I’m not sure how exactly it works, it does possess some significant limitations. I was suggesting using vector graphics (SVG, to be specific) which could be optimized as all get-out and still provide small enough data transfer to leave a negligible footprint in the bandwidth. He rebutted with the feasibility of learning an entirely new technology if there’s no guarantee it’ll be used again.
What do you think?
On a semi-related note, I see a lot of new hits on this blog so I’ve decided to take advantage of that. Below is a poll and I’d appreciate it if you, the visitors, would help me understand what modern users prefer.