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How rapid feedback on assessments could help enhance teaching

How rapid feedback on assessments could help enhance teaching

Data from current and past tests and assessments, class room behaviour, student retention, etc., are an important resource in evaluating the quality of educational programs and services and identifying areas for improvement. An interesting article in the ACT blog looks at the results of a recent study which shows that, ... Read more >

Automatic Item Generation in testing

Automatic Item Generation in testing

Automatic item generation (AIG) is one of the innovations in testing discussed at the recent Association of Test Publishers' (ATP) annual conference in San Antonio, Texas. Multiple choice questions have been the traditional way of testing for generations; the advent of new forms of computerised assessement has led to a ... Read more >

Has Microsoft’s neural machine translation (NMT) really reached parity with human translation?

Has Microsoft’s neural machine translation (NMT) really reached parity with human translation?

While at cApStAn we investigate how neural machine translation (NMT) can be used to improve a human translator's output rate while increasing consistency, blue chip companies driving the progress in NMT still fall into the trap of comparing the NMT output with human output. Microsoft has again claimed that its ... Read more >

The neural network-based translation technology “Amazon Translate” now generally available

The neural network-based translation technology “Amazon Translate” now generally available

On April 4, Amazon Translate, which was in "preview" mode since 2017, was made available to anyone in the US and EU (with an Amazon Web Services account). In doing so, Amazon positions itself as one of the 20+ existing providers of neural network-based translation technology (Slator data). Amazon Translate ... Read more >

ATP Innovations in Testing Conference 2018 in San Antonio

ATP Innovations in Testing Conference 2018 in San Antonio

The cApStAn team attended ATP’s annual conference on Innovations in Testing in the hill country outside historic San Antonio, Texas. The team was welcomed to what would be a high-energy, collaborative, jam-packed four days. There was a lot to learn and many people to meet. We made new connections during ... Read more >

Revitalising multiple choice questions for the digital age

Revitalising multiple choice questions for the digital age

Multiple choice questions (MQCs) have been the traditional way of testing for generations, and have not changed substantially since they were first introduced, over a century ago, by Frederick Kelly*. His "Kansas Silent Reading Test" was possibly the first (timed) reading test that could be given to groups of students ... Read more >

“Personalised” or standardized testing?

“Personalised” or standardized testing?

While cApStAn has collected empirical data on cross-language comparability of standardized test items, and recognises the value of standardized testing, we acknowledge that the approach described in this article is fascinating.

According to the author there will always be a place for standardised testing but there may have been too ... Read more >

Scurryfunge, frowst and hunch-weather – unused words now being rescued from obscurity

Scurryfunge, frowst and hunch-weather – unused words now being rescued from obscurity

Self defined "word geek" Paul Anthony Jones has put together a delightful compendium of forgotten English words, one for each day of the year, in his book "The cabinet of Linguistic Curiosities". Notable examples include "beard-second" (measure of time, calculated how long a beard grows in one second - 5 ... Read more >

Emojis, a “developing language”?

Emojis, a “developing language”?

Emojis are becoming increasingly popular worldwide and it is estimated that 92% of the online population is using them. Recent statistics from Facebook about the Messenger platform alone put the daily number of emojis sent as 5 billion. There is an emoji real time tracker for Twitter which flashes so ... Read more >

Is monolingualism “the illiteracy of the 21st Century”?

Is monolingualism “the illiteracy of the 21st Century”?

Is it still acceptable, in a world which is increasingly connected, mobile and multicultural, to only speak one language? Fabrice Jaumont*, author of the "The Bilingual Revolution, the Future of Education is in Two Languages", opened his ... Read more >