CD-ROM Testing

Course CD-ROMs

Five CD-ROMs are provided, one for each of the five courses in the Mastering CNC Lathes program. Each of the CD-ROMs include four to five interactive tests, one for each lesson within a course. A sixth CD-ROM, titled Installation, provides the the complete course management system.

The Testing Process:

Each test includes an average of 30 questions, however, some questions include a number of steps that must all be completed correctly for it to be judged as correct. The questions a student sees during a test are determined by selections made during their registration in the course management system. Five machine-type categories are offered. Fanuc, Haas, and Okuma, plus two selections for Mazak. The Mazak choices include conventional Mazak lathes, as well as mill-turn models of Nexus and Integrex. If some of your students will be operating machines with Fanuc controls, for example, you can select just Fanuc for those students. If others might be running Fanuc and Okuma lathes, you can select each of those categories during registration. A large percentage of the questions in each test are presented to all students. Questions that are specific to a control type will only be presented to students which have had that control type selected during registration. Many of these questions are simulation-based so the person can begin to apply their new knowledge in a safe environment.

Learner Controlled Pacing:

Adults learn best when they control the pace of the learning process. Therefore, the student can stop the interactive test at any time. When they return to the test, they will first be asked any questions they missed on their previous attempt. Then they will then see any remaining unanswered questions. This process will continue as long as the test remains active, or until they have answered all questions correctly. A record of each attempt at the test is added to the student's file. It includes the date, the time spent, and a listing of the questions which were missed. This can guide the instructor to those individuals needing more attention.

Question Types:

The goal of each test is to simulate the actual job tasks as closely as possible. Eight types of interactive questions are used. Some require the recall of information, others demand the performance of a number of steps in the correct order. For example, students will be required to display specific pages on the computer screen, locate codes and coordinates within programs, perform calculations to determine correction values, and enter those values on a keypad just as they would when solving a quality problem at your machines. A tutorial is provided on each CD-ROM for your students. It explains how the CD-ROM testing process works, shows them the typical screen displays and buttons, and provides sample questions.

Core Installation:

During installation of a course on a computer, a complete course management system is provided. The system tracks student progress including the number of attempts at each test, the time taken during each attempt and which questions were not answered correctly. The instructor can control over the learning process on an individual basis by reviewing student records and turning tests one or off. Management files as well as instructor and student passwords can be stored on the local computer drive or on a Server over a network. To learn more about these features, see the Management System section.

The FREE "Mastering CNC Lathes" sample CD-ROM includes the actual questions that correspond to the lesson segments found on the instructional sample provided. This gives you a mini-version of the course to try out. The course tutorial and management system are included on the disk for your review as well. See the Free Samples Request to order your copy.