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Case study of a computer based examination system


Fluck, A and Pullen, DL and Harper, C, Case study of a computer based examination system, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25, (4) pp. 509-523. ISSN 1449-5554 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.14742/ajet.1126


Electronic supported assessment or e-Assessment is a field of growing importance, but it has yet to make a significant impact in the Australian higher education sector (Byrnes & Ellis, 2006). Current computer based assessment models focus on the assessment of knowledge rather than deeper understandings, using multiple choice type questions, and blocking access to more sophisticated software tools. This study explored a new system based on a customised version of an open source live CD, based on Ubuntu which was used with three groups of pre-service teachers (N=270). Students had divided opinions about using computers or paper for their examinations, but prior exposure to computer based assessment was a highly significant factor for preferring the computer medium. Reflecting upon their experience, students found the noise of computer keyboards a distraction during the eExamination and preferred fewer on-screen windows. The new system allowed eExaminations to be taken securely on student owned laptop computers and was supervised by invigilators without specialist information technology skills. The system has been made available for other researchers to use at

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australian higher education, computer based examination system, Ubuntu, eExamination
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Pedagogy
UTAS Author:Fluck, A (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
UTAS Author:Pullen, DL (Dr Darren Pullen)
UTAS Author:Harper, C (Mrs Colleen Harper)
ID Code:59658
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:31
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2009-12-16
Last Modified:2015-02-13
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