CABS Online Homepage
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Seventy-nine demonstrations from the CABS (Common Assessment of Basic Skills) manual have been recreated here in a vibrant online environment to provide a practical assessment tool for use with Literacy/Basic Skills students who can work on computers.
About fifteen assessment activities at each of the five levels address important reading, writing, numeracy and basic computer skills outcomes, in integrated formats. Just as with the original CABS demos, these online activities were designed for initial intake use, but may also be used for on-going or exit assessment purposes whenever appropriate.
First read More About CABS Online for an overview of this tool, and then go to Preview CABS Online for an initial look at ten sample demonstrations, the Computer Skills Quick Screen to identify appropriate students, and the Assessment Centre, an individualized database for each student's assessment records.
Read Using CABS Online when you are ready for the detailed instructions in its use. You will learn how to register students, assign assessment activities, evaluate student work and record the results. This in-depth tutorial also includes a student orientation list and everything else you'll need to know to make CABS Online a part of your assessment protocol. Finally, read Assessor Practice to review the steps for hands-on training, to fully prepare you to use CABS Online with your students.
Literacy Link Eastern Ontario gratefully acknowledges the efforts of the National Literacy Secretariat (NLS) of Human Resources Development Canada and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to further computer-based learning and assessment practices in LBS agencies through their support of this project and others.