Epsilen Releases Enhanced Testing Engine

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Epsilen Environment releases customizable testing engine to complement assessment as well as ePortfolio, collaborative networking, and global eLearning

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Epsilen Environment now allows members to create tests and quizzes and share them with any other faculty member locally or globally,

Epsilen, a leading developer of eLearning systems for institutions of higher education, announced today that its innovative global eLearning management solution, Epsilen Environment, will now include a fully-networked testing engine that allows faculty to create and deploy tests within their courses.

The enhanced testing engine allows Epsilen Environment members to find and import questions and even entire tests, as faculty can author tests using the four-step wizard and easily share questions as desired within their institution, with all of Epsilen, or with specific Epsilen members.

“Epsilen Environment now allows members to create tests and quizzes and share them with any other faculty member locally or globally, “said Epsilen CEO Jim Bowler. “This unique feature—along with other innovations such as the HTML rich editor—distinguishes our global eLearning management system from other solutions.”

Tests can also now be customized as the enhanced testing engine provides options for various question types—multiple choice, true-false, fill-in-the-blank, short answer, and essay—and tests may include a mixture of all types.

The multiple-choice option now includes a two-step wizard that lets faculty define the questions and provide unlimited answer options, supported by an innovative HTML editor with multimedia capabilities. This allows educators to grant full credit for entirely correct answers and limited credit for partially correct answers, as well as provide detailed feedback per answer option on why answers were correct or incorrect.

Faculty can now prepare fill-in-the-blank questions, add up to ten acceptable answers, and assign each answer a unique point value, allowing partially correct answers to receive partial credit along with customized feedback to be provided on why answers were correct or incorrect.

They can also prepare a short answer or essay question within Epsilen Environment's testing engine, limiting answers by the number of characters, and provide customized feedback on why answers were correct or incorrect. The short answer or essay question must be graded manually.

When grading a test, faculty may change individual scores or all scores, or delete a question from the score, so that credit can be adjusted for an individual question or for the entire test.

Finally, record keeping needs are met by two new reports, the Student Performance Report and the Response Frequency Report, which may be printed or exported to CSV, Excel, or HTML format.

About Epsilen, LLC

Epsilen Environment is the result of six years of research and development at the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). In March 2008, The New York Times Company purchased a majority ownership interest in Epsilen, LLC, partnering with Epsilen to provide its clients with the content repository of New York Times articles, multimedia and archives dating back to 1851.

Epsilen Environment combines Web 2.0 social networking with the best practices of eLearning management course delivery. It allows students and faculty to store work in Epsilen ePortfolio and move seamlessly between courses, groups, and collaborative tools. Since it was designed from the start to provide social networking support for eLearning, the collaborative tools are fully integrated throughout. Courses and assessments are delivered through a cost-effective Software as a Service (SaaS) model.

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