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eExams: strength in diversity

Citation

Fluck, A and Hillier, M, eExams: strength in diversity, Tomorrow's Learning: Involving Everyone, Springer Nature, A Tatnall, M Webb (ed), Switzerland, pp. 409-417. ISBN 978-3-319-74309-7 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-74310-3_42

Abstract

This study examined the growing number of emerging eExam systems that allow students to demonstrate academic achievement using computers in schools and universities. Using a mixed-methods case study approach, the research gathered data from a desk audit, followed by field observations and interviews in selected countries. Thematic investigation of the data revealed commonalities and differences in the eExam systems. The findings show the main systems under development are divided into two groups. The first are alternative booting systems that make an entire, identical operating system and application suite available to each candidate. The second comprises a variety of secure web-browser solutions. Both approaches permit the use of software applications, but it is not yet clear whether this affordance can transform curricula. It is clear there is tension between administrative convenience that saves staff time, and the transformational potential of computers in education that would alter what students learn as well as how they learn. This tension is epitomised by the different proportions of undergraduate examinations conducted using computers, ranging from 1% to 40% in some institutions. What was also clear from the data were the intentions of some countries and institutions to raise this to 100% in a five year span.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:eExam system, administrative convenience, pedagogical affordances, software applications
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Education Assessment and Evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and Instruction
Objective Field:Teaching and Instruction Technologies
Author:Fluck, A (Dr Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:124438
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-02-22
Last Modified:2018-06-22
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