May 31st, 2013
Along with our new offering of the NWEA Formative Assessment Item Bank, MasteryConnect is pleased to announce the support of technology enhanced items. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia describes technology enhanced items as:
“Technology enhanced items (TEI) are computer delivered items that include specialized interactions for collecting response data. These include interactions and responses beyond traditional selected response or constructed response. A TEI template describes a single interaction, response data collected as a result of that interaction, and the logic applied to score the response data.”
So how does it work in MasteryConnect you ask? MasteryConnect uses the latest in QTI standards for assessment items (more on that here if you’re interested). This allows us to work with any QTI compliant item bank that is developing these new assessment types. After purchasing an item bank content provider through MasteryConnect at your school or district, teachers have access to standards-aligned items and can use them when creating new assessments in the same simple assessment creation interface. Assessments can then be delivered in the same great ways that you’re used to! On a tablet/mobile device or on a computer through a web browser! Keep in mind, TEI’s are relatively new, so the item bank providers don’t have very many TEI’s yet, but more are coming soon! Below is a screen shot of a technology enhanced item being delivered on an iPad.
While interactions with TEI’s can get much more complex such as having a student create a line, create a geometric shape, or select a block of text, the sample below shows an interaction of an item type that requires the student to order the answers by dragging and dropping.