Towards authentic e-Exams at scale: robust networked Moodle

Mathew Hillier, Scott Grant, Martin Coleman

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In this paper we present the design and user evaluation of a resilient online e-Exam platform that is capable of working without a network for most of the exam session, including the conclusion of an exam, without loss of data. We draw upon the education and technology acceptance literature as a basis for evaluation. The technology approach takes advantage of the Moodle learning management system quiz module as a means to provide an electronic workflow for assessments and builds on a range of open source components to construct the robust solution. The approach also enables rich, constructed assessment tasks by providing authentic ‘e-tools of the trade’ software applications and a consistent operating system on each student’s BYO laptop. The robust Moodle exam deployment was trialled in two undergraduate units (subjects) at an Australian university. Students undertook a sequence of practice, mid-term and a final examination using the platform. Additional software and audio files were utilised as part of the exams. Student feedback on their experience was collected using pre and post surveys covering a range of issues related to technology acceptance.

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 pages11
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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  • Authentic assessment
  • E-Exams
  • Networking
  • Offline
  • Resilience


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