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eExam symposium: Design decisions and implementation experience


Fluck, A and Palsson, H and Coleman, M and Hillier, M and Schneider, D and Frankl, G and Uolia, K, eExam symposium: Design decisions and implementation experience, 11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education, 3-6 July 2017, Dublin, Ireland (2017) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Increasingly, student learning is online or computer-mediated. Keyboards and screens are replacing pens and books. This is just as true in schools as in universities. These educational institutions are socially conservative, especially with respect to high-stakes assessments that credential the awards they make. Gradually, computer-based assessments are being trialled, in a multitude of forms. This symposium brought together a diverse group of such trials from Iceland to Australia. Geographically diverse, they represent a variety of approaches to eExams. Some use institutional equipment in dedicated spaces on campus. Others allow candidates to use their own computer, either under a security blanket or by booting from an alternative to the internal hard-drive. Each of these technological approaches has different sets of educational affordances. We are still evaluating the benefits and barriers for these different approaches. Some institutions value the time saved for teaching staff through automated marking. Others look at the entire assessment reticulation process, from examination composition to return of marks to candidates. Yet another group look at the potential for curriculum transformation arising from computer use at the assessment stage. Participants shared their design decisions and practical implementation experiences. Going forward, we may see commonality emerging that will make eExams convenient, reliable and educationally beneficial.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:eExam, computer, assessment
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational technology and computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:128537
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-09-27
Last Modified:2019-06-26

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