Notesmaster.com has begun digitising and publishing instructional materials from the e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited’s item bank. These materials include tests, quizzes and exercises which have been made available under Creative Commons Licenses. All resources are free to use and initially cover seven subjects; Information Technology, Mathematics, Biology, Geography, Chemistry, English and Social Studies.
Under the guidance of the e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited, teachers from schools around Jamaica have been submitting practice multiple choice tests and quizzes for students to take. These have proven to be very successful as recent praise for the e-Learning project in the media has shown. Notesmaster.com is building on the success of the e-Learning project by presenting these materials in a variety of ways designed to further engage Jamaican students. With the May – June 2011 CSEC® examinations on the horizon, students will be able to access a variety of short multiple choice exercises as well as longer timed tests. This comes at the appropriate time in the education cycle when the clamour for past papers and practice tests are at their peak.
Through making the materials available on Notesmaster, more students will be able to practice and receive real-time feedback as all answers are provided at the point of submission. The e-Learning exercises are stored on Notesmaster in the appropriate areas of the syllabus and can be saved by students to their own virtual desks. Chief executive officer and project manager, e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited, Avrill Crawford said, “e-Learning Jamaica seeks to improve the learning experience in high schools and, hopefully, impact the level of passes in the school leaving examinations.” By combining the work being done by teachers and project co-ordinators at the e-Learning Jamaica Company Limited, with the technologies freely available on Notesmaster, some of the issues surrounding equity and access to quality online materials in the Caribbean are being addressed.
The fact that a number of territories in the English speaking Caribbean follow the CSEC® curriculum, presents a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing. Therefore, submissions by Jamaican teachers from Campion College, St Jago’s High School, Charlemont High School and Holy Trinity High School to name but a few, could be of benefit to students in all 19 territories currently participating in CSEC® examinations.