Title: The concept map-based assessment system: functional capabilities, evolution, and experimental results

Authors: Alla Anohina-Naumeca, Janis Grundspenkis, Maija Strautmane

Addresses: Department of Systems Theory and Design, Riga Technical University, 1 Kalku Street, Riga, LV-1658, Latvia. ' Department of Systems Theory and Design, Riga Technical University, 1 Kalku Street, Riga, LV-1658, Latvia. ' Department of Systems Theory and Design, Riga Technical University, 1 Kalku Street, Riga, LV-1658, Latvia

Abstract: The paper is devoted to the concept map-based intelligent assessment system that promotes students| knowledge self-assessment and supports teachers in improvement of study courses through systematic assessment and analysis of students| knowledge on the basis of concept maps. During the last five years, both the system|s functionality and knowledge assessment approach were improved persistently, and at the moment, certain level of maturity is reached in both directions. The paper focuses on general principles of functioning of the last prototype, tasks provided, teachers| and students| support, scoring and adaptation mechanisms. At the end of the paper, retrospection of the system|s evolution and evaluation results is provided.

Keywords: concept maps; computer-based assessment; intelligent knowledge assessment systems; functional capabilities; system evolution; experimental results; student knowledge; self-assessment; teachers; educational support; systematic assessment; knowledge analysis; student support; scoring mechanisms; adaptation mechanisms; evaluation results; visualisation; continuing education; life-long learning; automatic free-text evaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2011.042790

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2011 Vol.21 No.4, pp.308 - 327

Published online: 04 Oct 2011 *

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