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Gihan N. Wikramanayake, Damitha D. Karunartna, Dilkushi S. Wettewe, "Evaluation of English and IT skills of new entrants to Sri Lankan universities", International Conference on Information and ...

Gihan N. Wikramanayake, Damitha D. Karunartna, Dilkushi S. Wettewe, "Evaluation of English and IT skills of new entrants to Sri Lankan universities", International Conference on Information and Educational Technology (ICIET), Mumbai, 15 Jan 2012.

This study presents our experiences in designing, implementing and deploying an on-line evaluation scheme to measure the English and information technology skills of new entrants to Sri Lankan universities at point of entry in 2011. Over 15,000 students from 25 districts of the country were subjected to the on-line evaluation. The test was
conducted by using a learning management system, in 24 consecutive days in twenty six centres scattered across the country. This paper sums up the experiences we gathered in conducting the evaluation of a larger group of students spread across a wide geographical area and the lessons learned.

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  • Evaluation of English and IT skills of new entrants to Sri Lankan universities Gihan*, Damith, Dilkushi Sri Lanka15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 1
  • Universities in Sri Lanka1. University of Colombo (West)2. University of Sri Jayewardenepura (West)3. University of Kelaniya (West)4. University of Moratuwa (West)5. University of the Visual & Performing Arts (West)6. University of Jaffna (North)7. University of Ruhuna (South)8. Eastern University, Sri Lanka (East)9. South Eastern University of Sri Lanka (East)10. University of Peradeniya (Central)11. Rajarata University (North Central)12. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (Sabaragamuwa)13. Wayamba University of Sri Lanka (North Western)14. Uva Wellassa University (Uva)15. Open UniversityIntake 22,000 (17%) Students; Free; QuotaLiteracy 92%; IT 30%; English 12%?Teachers: English 46%; IT 33% 15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 2
  • Skills• English• IT• Soft skills• Leadership• Personality development Objectives Increase Employability Employability Learning in English ● Arts 30% Science 60% Use IT for Education ●15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 3
  • Skill Levels Enter Leave University UniversityEnglish Level 4 Level 5IT Basic AdvancedTraining Needs15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 4
  • Testing IELTS - International English Language Testing System UTEL - University Test of the English Language, Sri LankaComponents Reading Grammar Vocabulary Writing Listening (Post Test)15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 5
  • Testing ICDL – International Computer Driving LicenceComponents – Working with a computer – Internet services – Word processing – Preparing presentations – Data analysis using spreadsheets15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 6
  • Training & Test CentresNational Online Distance Education Service 15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 7
  • Students Distribution 4000 3000 Students 2000 1000 0 WP SP CP NWP SabP EP UP NCP NP Province15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 8
  • Marks Distribution (Pre-test) 70 60 50 Marks 40 30 20 10 0 WP SP CP NWP SabP EP UP NCP NP Province15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 9
  • Training• Face to Face Group – Half day session for English & IT – 12 Weeks Training (48 Hrs)• Exempted Group – Access to Online Material15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 10
  • Effect of on-line resource access (IT) 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 Batticaloa Mannar Badulla Kegalle Galle Matale Puttalam Jaffna Kalutara Colombo Kandy NuwaraEliya Trincomalee Mullaitivu Ampara Gampaha Hambantota Kurunegala Matara Kilinochchi Monaragala Vavuniya Ratnapura Polonnaruwa Anuradhapura Average of students do not access on line content Average of students access on line content < 10 times Average of students access on line content >= 10 times15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 11
  • District comparison of pre-post results 70 60 50 40 30 Pre-test 20 Post-test 10 015 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 12
  • Performance improvement of students recommended for training at training centers (Pre-test marks < 40) 60 50 40 30 20 Pre-test Post-test 10 0 Ratnapura Kandy Mullaitivu Matara Vavuniya Kilinochchi Mannar Polonnaruwa Badulla Jaffna Colombo Ampara Gampaha15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 13
  • Level 4 Level 5 < Level 4 Sat (Complete) (Certificate) (Repeat) Count Count % Count % Count % 13,841 6,067 44% 2,269 16% 5,505 40% Information Technology Skills 50% 40% 30% 20% Post-test 10% 0% Letter of Certificate Fail Completion15 Jan 2012 ICIET 2012 14