1st Edition

Advanced Methods in Automatic Item Generation

    246 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    246 Pages 26 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Advanced Methods in Automatic Item Generation is an up-to-date survey of the growing research on automatic item generation (AIG) in today’s technology-enhanced educational measurement sector. As test administration procedures increasingly integrate digital media and Internet use, assessment stakeholders—from graduate students to scholars to industry professionals—have numerous opportunities to study and create different types of tests and test items. This comprehensive analysis offers thorough coverage of the theoretical foundations and concepts that define AIG, as well as the practical considerations required to produce and apply large numbers of useful test items.


    Chapter 1. Introduction: The Changing Context of Educational Testing

    Section 1: Basic Concepts Required for Generating Constructed- and Selected-Response Items

    Chapter 2. Cognitive Model Development: Cognitive Models and Item Generation

    Chapter 3. Item Model Development: Template-Based AIG Using Item Modelling

    Chapter 4. Item Generation: Three General Approaches for Generating Test Items

    Chapter 5. Distractor Generation: The Importance of the Selected-Response Item in Educational Testing

    Chapter 6. Putting It All Together to Generate Test Items: Overview

    Chapter 7. Methods for Validating Generated Items: A Focus on Model-Level Outcomes

    Section 2: Advanced Topics in AID

    Chapter 8. Content Coding: Challenges Inherent to Managing Generated Items in a Bank

    Chapter 9. Generating Alternative Item Types Using Auxiliary Information: Expanding the Expression of Generated Items

    Chapter 10. Rationale Generation: Creating Rationales as Part of the Generation Process

    Chapter 11. Multilingual Item Generation: Beyond Monolingual Item Development

    Chapter 12. Conclusions and Future Directions


    Mark J. Gierl is Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta, Canada. He holds the Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Educational Measurement.

    Hollis Lai is Associate Professor of Dentistry in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta, Canada.

    Vasily Tanygin is a full-stack software developer who has over a decade of experience creating automatic item generation and educational assessment technologies. He graduated with a specialist degree in software systems development from Mari State Technical University, Russia.