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Janison March 13, 2018 < 1 minute

3 Ways to Get Started with Online Exams

Universities are now aware of the many benefits of moving to Online Exams. The challenge is how to get started. The delta between the ‘as is’ and ‘to be’ process can seem so large — all the while business-as-usual activities need to be supported.

 

Like any summit, there are multiple paths to the top, and no-one makes it in a single bound. Here are three ways to get started on your journey…

 

1. Authoring Online

 

What does it involve?

Using a cloud-based authoring tool to create, modify, curate and collaborate your Item and Exam Bank. This often replaces MS Word and storing files on network drives / over email. Exams can be printed directly from the system (once approved), before traditional pencil-and-paper delivery.

 

Who is affected?

The people that write your exams (lecturers, tutors, etc). Existing processes for students taking the exam, exam scheduling and invigilation and marking are not affected.

 

What are the benefits?

A standardised process across all faculties to ensure consistency. Increased security via roles, workflow statuses, audit trails and two-factor authentication. Comments to facilitate collaboration. Time spent on curating the item bank becomes an investment in intellectual property. Once this is in place, you could move to Marking Online, by scanning the student papers.

 

2. Marking Online

 

What does it involve?

Using a cloud-based marking tool to perform marking of (scanned) student responses. This on-screen marking of scanned paper answers replaces marking the physical response sheets.

 

Who is affected?

The people that mark your exams (lecturers, tutors, contractors, etc). Existing processes for authoring the exam, and students taking the exam, exam scheduling and invigilation are not affected.

3 Ways to Get Started with Online Exams

Universities are now aware of the many benefits of moving to Online Exams. The challenge is how to get started. The delta between the ‘as is’ and ‘to be’ process can seem so large — all the while business-as-usual activities need to be supported.

 

Like any summit, there are multiple paths to the top, and no-one makes it in a single bound. Here are three ways to get started on your journey…

 

1. Authoring Online

 

What does it involve?

Using a cloud-based authoring tool to create, modify, curate and collaborate your Item and Exam Bank. This often replaces MS Word and storing files on network drives / over email. Exams can be printed directly from the system (once approved), before traditional pencil-and-paper delivery.

 

Who is affected?

The people that write your exams (lecturers, tutors, etc). Existing processes for students taking the exam, exam scheduling and invigilation and marking are not affected.

 

What are the benefits?

A standardised process across all faculties to ensure consistency. Increased security via roles, workflow statuses, audit trails and two-factor authentication. Comments to facilitate collaboration. Time spent on curating the item bank becomes an investment in intellectual property. Once this is in place, you could move to Marking Online, by scanning the student papers.

 

2. Marking Online

 

What does it involve?

Using a cloud-based marking tool to perform marking of (scanned) student responses. This on-screen marking of scanned paper answers replaces marking the physical response sheets.

 

Who is affected?

The people that mark your exams (lecturers, tutors, contractors, etc). Existing processes for authoring the exam, and students taking the exam, exam scheduling and invigilation are not affected.

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