Objective vs Subjective question types
Before you start using online assessment, it is important to consider what you want to achieve with the assessment. This will help you choose the tools and methods that will help you to achieve your assessment goals. A common misconception about online assessment is that your test will be automatically graded. Reducing marking time is also the most common incentive for starting to use online assessment. The fact is that only some question types are marked automatically by an online assessment platform such as an LMS. This is where objective vs subjective questioning plays an important role. The difference between these two question types are:
Objective question types require students to select a response from a list of alternatives provided to them or to supply a word or short phrase. Only one correct answer is identified. Subjective question types allows a student to organise an original answer, using their own words. These answers are usually longer (such as a paragraph or a couple of sentences).
Therefore, if the purpose for using online assessment is to reduce marking time and to have an online assessment program mark for you, you need to make use of objective question types. Subjective question types are not marked automatically by any platform. You will always need to mark subjective question types yourself, usually the marking can be alleviated by creating a rubric.