September 2020 \ News \ TECHNOLOGY

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By Nayan Chakravarty

Things are different with open source software like Moodle which lends itself, gracefully, to sophisticated customization, but may involve technical knowledge. If you are in the market, shopping LMS, that’s an important factor for your consideration—open source or proprietary software—depending on the kind of team that will support the implementation. While an entire assessment based on a limited choice of question types may not necessarily violate standards and regulations, it certainly could be limiting for both assessors and assesses. Some other criteria in choosing an LMS are, ease of use, integration and interoperability with other online education tools and platforms, language support for non-native English-speaking environment, social networking capabilities, and, of coaurse, assessment management—our original driver.

A full-featured LMS would immediately take a huge load off of the shoulders of educators trying to innovate ways to check any form of malpractice that test takers might resort to. While a test taker might still be at an unfair advantage in terms of access to content and other forms of “help”, yet adaptive tests that are set to a countdown timer could check all such “possibilities” to a great extent.

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