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Many of the negative effects of cheating and content theft can be mitigated by a large enough item bank.
But until recently, physical and economic limitations have made it difficult to rapidly expand an item pool.
Dedicating item writers and subject matter experts (SMEs) to the arduous task of expanding your item pool can be expensive and time-consuming.
AIG transforms this process.
Because up until now, testing professionals have always had to manually and painstakingly perform the fundamental task of item writing—there has been no way to easily and rapidly expand an item pool while also maintaining its psychometric quality.
As a result, test programs pour time and money into item development… and then redevelopment.
Is there an easier way?
AIG has been around for a while. However, pumping out items using typical methods of item design hasn’t exactly been useful or attainable for most of us, either. AIG still required the skills of a developer to pull off.
That gets costly.
Luckily, new ways of designing items are making it easier than ever to rapidly expand item pools at a reduced cost—no developer required.
But how does AIG work? What are the benefits? How does a program even get started?
We’ll explore these questions and more in this Ultimate Guide.
Automated Item Generation (AIG) is a process that leverages test item templates and computer algorithms to quickly create a large variety of item permutations, or test items. The result is hundreds or thousands of new test questions based on one single item model.
As the name suggests, AIG automates much of the effort involved in item creation—which is one the most time-intensive and costly aspects of test development. Using computer technology, AIG generates large numbers of high-quality test items automatically. (Welcome to the future.)
Utilizing AIG helps to maintain and improve test quality in a world where online braindumps and content sharing platforms disclose test content and threaten the validity of exam scores. With AIG, stolen test questions can be replaced quickly, and the damage that shared test content can inflict on assessment programs is palliated.
“AIG involves leveraging the expertise of content specialists, item templates, and computer algorithms to create a variety of item permutations, often resulting in hundreds or thousands of new items based on a single item model.”
—European Medical Journal
Here’s what AIG can do for your program:
Distill the content of your K-12 exams into expansive item pools to deploy more forms, thereby making it more difficult for gossip to contribute to useful pre-knowledge.
One way to expand an item pool is to manually write lots of items. This method is nice because SMEs are highly involved, but the cost and the duration of the project can quickly add up.
What method of AIG do you plan to use? What tools can integrate with your existing systems?
Whether you plan to use a GUI interface, cloning, SmartItem™ technology, or some other solution, high-quality templates are a must.
Whether they’re developed and sent to you, or rendered into an uploadable file, you can now enjoy all of the benefits of your plentiful new items.
“If exam security is our priority, then we need to expand our item pool.”
“I believe this is an opportunity to save on overall costs.”
“Our item writers deserve new tools.”
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