eExams on computers - Update
Submitted by Joshua Hesketh on Wed, 18/11/2009 - 10:44.
On the 6th of November, the University of Tasmania conducted what is believed to be the first tertiary exam conducted on students own computers in Australia.
In a previous announcement we outlined the features and our involvement in the process of the trail runs.
After doing a number of trials on in-classroom tests the system was adapted and made ready to be used in a real exam. While the system used is still very young, we believe that eExam shows a lot of potential and has started to open opportunities to do more exams on computers. As computers become more common in examinations, more practical applications can be fulfilled. For example, besides spell-checking, students will be able to use spreadsheets, watch videos, look up chemical elements and manage their references better all while sitting an exam.
The University of Tasmania has set up a website that details the project and the progress made. It is well worth a read as it outlines the features, the future of the project and some student feedback: http://www.eexaminations.org/
A case study on using computers in exams has also been published by Dr. Andrew Fluck who has been heading up the project: http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet25/fluck.pdf
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