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General Chat Thread, open source exam software.. is their any in General; Hi gang, I was chating to one of the ICT teachers yeasterday about creating online in house exams. at present ...
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    Question open source exam software.. is their any

    Hi gang, I was chating to one of the ICT teachers yeasterday about creating online in house exams. at present he has put something togeather using mixture of powerpoint, word, excel etc.

    Thing is it still requires him to manually mark the exam.

    I have seen one exam software called TCexam TCExam Features

    only proble with this is dosent do 'Matching Answers'

    here is what we require

    •Matching
    •SingleChoice
    •MultipleChoice
    •True/False
    •FillInTheBlanks
    •Math
    •Freetext
    •ShortAnswer

    any ideas or suggestions would be fab

    cheers

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    Not so sure about open source, but you should be able to create the interface on a web page relatively easily, but getting it to talk to a database is a little more complex. I'd look at a PHP and MySQL solution unlike an MS solution. The free versions of MS SQL are extremely limited.

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    cheers.... still open to more suggestions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    . The free versions of MS SQL are extremely limited.
    In what way? You can do some pretty major databases with SQL Express. There are limitations but I'm intrigued as to what you're particularly thinking would cause a problem.

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    The only limit I think of using SQL Express is that it can't do scheduled backups, but i'm sure that can be replicated some way else! In fact I know a local school that runs several apps using SQL Express!

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    1 CPU socket, 1GB memory, 4GB of user data per database. You'd be surprised how easy it is to reach these levels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEO View Post
    any ideas or suggestions would be fab
    Moodle, or pretty much any VLE/PLE/whatever should handle online tests/exams/quizzes to your heart's content.

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    Moodle, or pretty much any VLE/PLE/whatever should handle online tests/exams/quizzes to your heart's content.
    That's a great idea actually. I agree that will be the easiest way

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    Yep. I would second Moodle. In fact the main open source qualifications (INGOTS) are already handled through Moodle. And all the course materials are freely availalbe. From memory it costs about £2 per pupil up to Gold level, but I may be wrong!

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    ok... can anyone point me in the right direction for this. Never bothered with moodle so not sure where to start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PEO View Post
    ok... can anyone point me in the right direction for this.
    Just go and download Moodle, install it, hook it up to your AD/LDAP server, log in and start creating stuff.

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    You might want to be aware that the online assessment side has some scalability issues with some VLEs.

    With our Blackboard installation here, getting a whole class to take a test simultaneously is generally a disaster because. I'm told it's not possible to load balance the assessment components across several servers like it is with the rest of Blackboard (because of session integrity issues) and so tests have an embarrassing tendancy to grind to a halt.

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    If you don't want full blown VLE capability, I seem to remember that Hot Potatoes does most of this too... Hot Potatoes Home Page

    EDIT: BTW it's free as in beer, not as in speach (so not open source)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ric_ View Post
    If you don't want full blown VLE capability, I seem to remember that Hot Potatoes does most of this too... Hot Potatoes Home Page

    EDIT: BTW it's free as in beer, not as in speach (so not open source)
    seconded. very nice program, only free if your government sponsored though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strawberry View Post
    seconded. very nice program, only free if your government sponsored though.
    And if you're prepared to share the material you make with it

    Hot Potatoes is free for use by state-funded educational institutions which are non-profit making, or individuals working for them, on the condition that the material you produce using the program is freely available to anyone via the WWW.
    Which is a little... awkward for some things you might want to do with it, although it appears the licensing changes in September.

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