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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
- Corrected from "exam on computers"
Last year the University of Tasmania hired Open Technology Solutions to develop a trial system for doing exams on computers. The idea is that some students are much more efficient at typing then they are at handwriting and teachers may want to assess computing or certain application skills. As a first trial solution, OTS worked on a program to make Linux Live CD's to allow full customisation and control over the work environment. Read More »