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Benefits of e-Assessments and How to Encourage Adoption within a School

Paving the way for e-Assessments

Ravi Chandran & Jeffery TayNational University of Singapore


Digital revolutionLaptops got smaller and lighterMobile computing

Digital revolutionConnectivity28.8K 2G 3G 4GWireless B A G N C

The always connected student

The always connected studentWhat they do not do quite so muchWriteThink in black and whiteWho are theyNEEDS their personal device and connectivityWiling to try new technologyAcclimate to technology easilyAlmost everything they do has an electronic footprintTypingLearningSocializingPlanning/Scheduling

Digital natives, no penmenship, type faster than they write

They dont think in b/w yet exam papers are always in black/white5

Adoption of CBT in schools

Freie Universitt BerlinNumber of studentsNational University of SingaporeNumber of assessments

Adoption in NUS Total use by type (10 years)Reduction in human errorsRemove answer ambiguityRemove human to system issuesReduce logistical issues

Immediate release of marks

Track students progress during semester and remediate where necessary

Simplicity, stability and user support are critical success factors for adoption

As of 5 Nov 2015

Adoption in NUS Total use by type (2015)Tiered adoption implemented in NUS to ensure adoption moves at the right pace per facultyAs of 5 Nov 2015

projectionFacultyLearningPartial AdoptionFull AdoptionArtsBusinessDentistryDesign and EnvironmentEngineeringLawMedicineNursingPublic HealthScience

Physical environmentMove from PC Cluster to BYOD Unlimited scaling

Facility redesignDedicated electrical point per studentMore locations in each faculty to conduct e-assessments

PeopleClearly define the goals, be realistic!

Start small (non high-stakes!) and slowly scale up

WIIFT (Whats in it for them?)

Motivation and delegate control

Treat them as your friend, not as a test subject

Change ManagementIntroduce technology

Mobile computing tablets and touch screen

Training and support

FIRST impression must be good.

Variety of vendors

Benefits of CBTStore questions securely so that they can be reused in futureQuestion Bank

SecureEnsures device is secure for high stakes exams

Item AnalysisAccurately measure validity and difficulty of question and answer choices

Student ReportingHelp students understand their strength & weakness

Learning Outcome ReportingUseful for accreditation, curriculum reform, and to decrease fall out rates.

Grading ExamsAutomatically grade exams and provide feedback to students on their performance in real-time

Blueprint ExamsEnsures faculty are testing students on appropriate or proper concepts

Longitudinal DataTrack learning objectives and student progression over of the course of a semester, year, or any timeframe


Ease of marking and greater transparency during markingCloudCentralized platform for ease of access

Where do you go from here?Technology doesnt rest, whats next?

Multiple form factors

Machine learning / Predictive

Remote proctoring

Achieving critical mass and where do you go from there14


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