USER STORIES – Scantron

Guam Visitors Bureau

Guam LogoWith over 1.3 million visitors each year, Guam is in the midst of transforming into a world-class destination of choice. For the last 10 years, the Guam Visitors Bureau has used the heavy duty Opscan 10 to develop detailed profiles of each visitor market and invest wisely into the tourism industry, which is the island’s top economic driver. The forms processed vary from the airlines that fly to the island, but give an insight of the market segments that choose to come to Guam. While growing and diversifying the different visitor markets is important to GVB, reliability of this scanner and accuracy of the data is also imperative to achieve the goals of the island’s Tourism 2020 plan.

Josh Tyquiengco ~ Public Information Officer ~ GUAM VISITORS BUREAU ~ http://www.visitguam.com

Australian Maths Trust

AMT Logo

The Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT) is a leading provider of mathematics and informatics enrichment programs and global competitions.  New Data Solutions Pty Ltd provides AMT with the competition forms and the scanners to collect the student test responses. 

Each year AMT scans over 250,000 forms. The Opscan 8 delivers around 5000 sheets per hour and has 2 output trays to facilitate rejections according to client specific business rules providing AMT with the necessary speed and accuracy.

 http://www.amt.edu.au

Hallmark

Hallmark Logo

Hallmark face the challenge of collecting information about the daily movements of 100s of merchandisers around Australia.  They use a Scantron Insight 4ES for staff time sheet data collection.  An economical system, that allows one form to be used for five days of data per employee with results being scanned weekly.  Completed forms are imaged and stored digitally allowing the hard copy to be destroyed.

 

www.hallmark.com

University of Newcastle

Uni of Newcastle Logo

A long time client using Scantron scanners and software, Newcastle Uni upgraded their old exam software for the more up to date Remark Classic program. This upgrade means they can now provide detailed analysis of exams within the one program. Unlike the old Exam System II software, the Windows 7 compatible Remark provides over a dozen different reports with graphs and bar charts as well as a traditional excel data file. 

www.newcastle.edu.au

Edith Cowan University

The Scantron Opscan scanners at Edith Cowan University certainly get a good workout! The scanners are used by 8 different schools in the university. The Survey Services Department is in charge of all scanning for all departments and 25,000 multiple choice tests are administered each year, so assessment times are extremely busy for Survey Services staff.

Multiple choice format tests are used in conjunction with other assessment methods to provide a good overall balance of assessment strategies.

Lecturers particularly like the quick-response nature of MCQ tests: for mid-semester assessments, teaching areas that might need fine tuning can be quickly identified; for end-of-semester assessments, the quick turnaround helps with managing the tight timelines for finalising grades.  Our lecturers have indicated that they find MCQs a good complement to other forms of assessment because of their standardised nature, where all students experience the same assessment, marked in the same way.  Recent feedback on the new results reporting formats, including the item analysis, has been very positive. Lecturers are now better able to analyse such things as item and test difficulty and discrimination, and gauge the breadth and depth of learning in the subject.

After consulting with lecturers, and working with NDS, ECU has recently redesigned its Answer Sheet to improve ease of use for students, and improve data capture.

Feedback from students is positive, too, as many students find the MCQ format less daunting than free-response exams.  Students find that with a good bank of questions in MCQ style, they have the opportunity to display their breadth and depth of knowledge of the subject. They also appreciate that well-written MCQ items can assist with gaining a deeper understanding of the subject area, drawing on their analytical and problem-solving skills.

 

Universities around Australia

Universities all around Australia use their Scantron Opscan scanners for a variety of data collection purposes including: testing, student surveys, course feedback.  These include:

University of Melbourne, Western Australia, Adelaide, Queensland, Sydney, New South Wales, Canberra as well as Monash and Murdoch Universities, Swinburne University of Technology.