Integrating mixed reality spatial learning analytics into secure electronic exams

Michael Cowling, Mathew Hillier, James Birt

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This paper presents an approach to using mixed reality (MR) technologies in supervised summative electronic exams. The student learning experience is increasingly replete with a rich range of digital tools, but we rarely see these same e-tools deployed for higher stakes supervised assessment, despite the increasing maturity of technologies that afford authentic learning experiences. MR, including augmented and virtual reality, enables educators to provide rich, immersive learner centred experiences that have unique affordances for collecting a range of learning analytics on student performance. This is especially so in disciplines such as health, engineering, and physical education requiring a spatial dimension. Yet, in many institutions, paper-based exams still dominate, in some measure due to concerns over security, integrity and scalability. This is despite a key concern for educators and institutions in producing employment ready 21 st century graduates being the authenticity of assessments used for high stakes judgements. We therefore present a proposal for how MR pedagogies can be deployed for use in supervised examination contexts in a manner that is secure, reliable, and scalable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen oceans
Subtitle of host publicationlearning without borders: proceedings ASCILITE 2018 Geelong
EditorsMalcolm Campbell, Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Damian Blake, Iain Doherty, Siva Krishnan, Susie Macfarlane, Leanne Ngo, Marcus O'Donnell, Stuart Palmer, Lynn Riddell, Ian Story, Harsh Suri, Joanna Tai
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (35th : 2018): Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education - Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018
Conference number: 35


ConferenceInternational Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education (35th : 2018)
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2018

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  • Electronic exams
  • Learning analytics
  • Mixed reality
  • Spatial pedagogy


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