[Smt-talk] Online aural and written theory exams

Leigh VanHandel lvh at msu.edu
Fri Oct 16 21:12:39 PDT 2009

A bit of shameless self-promotion ...

Next week at the CMS/ATMI in Portland, OR I'll be presenting an  
online music theory fundamentals environment that requires students  
to produce notation. We've been developing it for a couple of years  
here at MSU, and it is just about complete.

The environment works within the course management system (ANGEL,  
Blackboard, WebCT) to deliver grades automagically to the gradebook,  
and it includes typical music fundamentals topics up to and including  
chords in a key. It could be used as a supplement to an existing  
course, or to create online placement exams or even possibly a  
completely online fundamentals course.

Leigh VanHandel
Assistant Professor of Music Theory
Michigan State University
lvh at msu.edu

On Oct 16, 2009, at 12:01 PM, Sarah Bailey wrote:

> 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
> http://music.case.edu/facilities/cmt
> Case Western Reserve University
> Haydn Hall 11
> musictech at case.edu
> 216-368-5456
> 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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