As part of its effort to leverage on technology
to provide quality education, OUM is
currently developing a comprehensive
question bank known as QBank with the input of
its team of in-house academics and programmers.
The initiative will soon be evident to both the
University's academics and learners. But first, what
is a question bank?
Conceptualising Question Banking
A question bank is a large collection of test items
from which a tester and other testing practitioners
can draw high quality items that are matched to
specific measurement needs or objectives.
When stored as an electronic database, the question
bank greatly enhances the practice of academic
measurement. In addition, question banking can
cover all processes necessary to create, pilot,
analyse, store, manage and select test items.
This allows different test types - for instance,
multiple-choice questions, as well as short-answer
and long-essay questions - to be created as multiple
test forms from subsets of the total pool of items.
With a large question bank, various forms of tests
can be created whenever they are needed, all based
on given sets of criteria.
The advantages of OUM's QBank are
The traditional method of developing test items
involves manual work, where an academic needs
to follow a tedious process. This process is
furthermore fraught with numerous possibilities
of errors, where items can be misplaced, lost or
The QBank Advantage
Developing an in-house system is advantageous in
that the QBank can be tailored to follow specific
characteristics of OUM's assessment format.
The advantages of OUM's QBank are substantial.
QBank enables the University to manage its
valuable assessment resources in a way that cannot
be achieved manually. It allows OUM academics
to share content and moderate the bank items with
external subject-matter experts. It facilitates reuse
of assessment items. And it reduces the possibility
of learners cheating in summative assessment by
delivering different sets of test questions to different
sets of candidates.
These are just some of the advantages that the
QBank gives to the University.
The QBank is in development. Soon enough,
it will be ready for deployment, at which time
academics and learners of OUM will stand to reap