[Smt-talk] Online aural and written theory exams

Sarah Bailey sarah at spunmonkey.com
Fri Oct 16 09:01:41 PDT 2009

At CWRU we are using an online placement exam for incoming freshmen.  
It's proctored in the computer lab here. I wrote it in Flash for my  
master's thesis and began using it here last year. Currently it's just  
multiple choice, but we're going to add listening questions for the  
next round of applicants. Once the test has been through a few rounds  
of students and solidified we might consider distributing it.

I'm sure that dictation could be accomplished in flash but honestly I  
haven't had the time to even think about writing the code. I do know  
though that it should be possible -in theory- but I'm having a hard  
time finding an example online. Last I heard Jennifer Snodgrass of  
Appalachian State was working on a CMS integrated theory test for  
distribution that has customizable questions but I'm pretty sure it  
was also multiple choice only. Hope this helps.

Sarah Bailey
Coordinator, Center for Music and Technology
Case Western Reserve University
Haydn Hall 11
musictech at case.edu

On Oct 15, 2009, at 5:05 PM - 10/15/09, LORENZ, RALPH wrote:

> Dear All,
> As more of us are moving into online programs and courses in music  
> theory, I’m wondering how some of you are handling theory exams  
> online.  For example, do any of you administer dictation exams  
> online as part of a graduate diagnostic exam?  If so, how do you  
> handle the response mode for students?
> Many thanks in advance for any insights you can share.
> Ralph
> Ralph Lorenz, Ph.D.
> Interim Associate Dean, College of the Arts
> Associate Professor of Music Theory
> Kent State University
> Kent  OH  44242-0001
> rlorenz at kent.edu
> 330-672-8383
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