The Second Annual VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week held on August 21 – August 27, 2011, provided a unique opportunity for student teams and faculty from all over the world to collaborate and initiate their personal global networks through learning, socialization, and friendly competition in Blacksburg and Roanoke, Virginia.
During this week-long celebration of entrepreneurship, student teams from Austria, Canada, Chile, England, France, and the USA competed for a $25,000 grand prize and the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Challenge Trophy.
Top honors went to Guillermo Vargas Keith, Matias Rojas, Andrés Testón, and Mauricio Ulloa of team Kimeltu representing Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago, Chile. Their winning concept is a web platform which allows educators to measure students’ performance and to monitor their progress by taking easily generated tests. As a permanent tribute to their outstanding effort, their name and university will be etched into the base of the Global Challenge Trophy, which will reside at VT KnowledgeWorks in the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center.
Kimeltu is a web platform which allows educators to measure students performance and to monitor their progress by taking easily generated tests. It’s a freemium service where any person can create tests to be taken by a limited amount of students by choosing questions from a “public question bank” or by adding their own questions to the bank. Institutions can pay to generate their own, private question bank and to have access to detailed analysis of their students’ progress with easy-to-understand statistics. It also helps to validate and measure questions’ difficulty, guaranteeing high quality tests. In the future, it will become an e-market where institutions can sell or share their question banks with others (1).