eExams: strength in diversity

Andrew Fluck, Mathew Hillier

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Abstract

This study examined the growing number of emerging eExam systems that allow students to demonstrate academic achievement using computers in schools and universities. Using a mixed-methods case study approach, the research gathered data from a desk audit, followed by field observations and interviews in selected countries. Thematic investigation of the data revealed commonalities and differences in the eExam systems. The findings show the main systems under development are divided into two groups. The first are alternative booting systems that make an entire, identical operating system and application suite available to each candidate. The second comprises a variety of secure web-browser solutions. Both approaches permit the use of software applications, but it is not yet clear whether this affordance can transform curricula. It is clear there is tension between administrative convenience that saves staff time, and the transformational potential of computers in education that would alter what students learn as well as how they learn. This tension is epitomised by the different proportions of undergraduate examinations conducted using computers, ranging from 1% to 40% in some institutions. What was also clear from the data were the intentions of some countries and institutions to raise this to 100% in a five year span.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTomorrow's learning
Subtitle of host publicationinvolving everyone: learning with and about technologies and computing: 11th IFIP TC 3 World Conference on Computers in Education, WCCE 2017, revised selected papers
EditorsArthur Tatnall, Mary Webb
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Pages409-417
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783319743103
ISBN (Print)9783319743097
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventIFIP TC3 World Conference on Computers in Education (11th : 2017) - Dublin, Ireland
Duration: 3 Jul 20176 Jul 2017

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
PublisherSpringer
Volume515
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X

Conference

ConferenceIFIP TC3 World Conference on Computers in Education (11th : 2017)
Abbreviated titleWCCE 2017
CountryIreland
CityDublin
Period3/07/176/07/17

Keywords

  • Administrative convenience
  • Pedagogical affordances
  • Software applications
  • eExam system

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