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Comparison of institutional innovation: Two universities' nurturing of computer-based examinations


Fluck, AE and Mogey, N, Comparison of institutional innovation: Two universities' nurturing of computer-based examinations, Learning while we are connected: Proceedings of the 10th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education, 1-7 July 2013, Poland, pp. 11-20. ISBN 978-83-231-3095-6 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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University students are rarely permitted to use their own personal computers in ex-aminations. Yet this bring-your-own-device strategy appears essential for an eco-nomically sustainable transition to high stakes assessment using these ubiquitous professional tools. The focus is away from internet-based online testing, and on lo-cal use of personal computers isolated from networking infrastructure (to prevent collusion), under the watchful eye of invigilators. Our respective institutions are lead-ing this transition in the United Kingdom and Australia, so we report on the gradual nature of the transition and the technologies involved. Further, we provide a compar-ison of university student perceptions about essay-style writing by hand or keyboard, and willingness to adopt computer-based examinations. Generally institutions and students prefer a graduated transition through paper-replacement examinations with free choice of writing implement, before moving to compulsory computer use and questions incorporating multimedia and software use. The paper concludes with recommendations for consideration by other universities considering adopting com-puters in high stakes assessments.

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Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:eExaminations, bring-your-own-device, essay-style writing, institutional adoption
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Distributed computing and systems software
Research Field:Service oriented computing
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teaching and curriculum not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fluck, AE (Associate Professor Andrew Fluck)
ID Code:85772
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-08-07
Last Modified:2017-11-20
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