Algorithmic Questions Using Captivate to avoid Cheating

Algorithmic questions are questions that change from learner to learner. The change could be merely in the numbers used for the calculations, but it could go as complex as changing the text of the question.

During a presentation, someone demonstrated a tool that was being developed in University of Michigan that could do this. The example used was in a language class. Unfortunately, I lost contact with the presenter and was never able to find the next version of the system. Since then, I have been trying to emulate it. Captivate now allows me to do that.

The questions that I am now developing use random numbers for the data that is shown in the examination and then compares the input from the learner to the result of the equations using the random numbers presented. The exams are not simply asking the student to apply a formula, but the student needs to know which formula is the appropriate one to apply.

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