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Why Online Testing Makes Sense

“Teachers open the door, but you must enter by yourself."

Chinese Proverb

This proverb I thought fit in very well with any discussion regarding online education. The massive amount of content offered to students is staggering and how they choose to exploit it will determine their successes. What we have gathered in our research and webinars is the student should understand what they are getting into with online coursework. Those who understand what it takes to complete the coursework tend to have the most success. Those who think minimal effort will still score them a degree or passing grade, tend to come up short. Success for these students is more realistic when online education and testing fits into their schedule. The bottom line is you get out what you put in.

The benefits of online testing are as follows:

  • Offer testing/continuing education to large group of participants

Provide the same test to multiples of employees/students.You do not need to be limited to a classroom or testing center.

  • Cover a large demographic area at one time

Upload content online and it can be accessed geographically. Schools with geographic reach can more easily reach their students.

  • Minimize Expenses and increase profitability

Eliminate administrators, paperwork, storage, test centers or classrooms.Eliminating these cost all help with the bottom line and help with profitability.

  • Build a Data Bank to record tests, answers and results

Create a data bank with tests, answers, and record student’s results.No more file cabinets or warehouses filled with bankers boxes never to be looked at again.

  • Students and employees test at their convenience

The instructor sets the time frame and then it is the student’s responsibility to complete in a timely fashion. With the student’s accessibility to the internet via tablet, smartphone and personal computers convenience has become of paramount importance in how they approach their coursework.

On this day – (1873) – Levi Strauss and and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets

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