Mitigating risks during the transition to fully automated exams

Autoren Edgar Weippl
TitelMitigating risks during the transition to fully automated exams
NoteShort Paper at ED-MEDIA 2002 - World Conf. on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications. Denver, Colorado, June 2002

In this paper we present a strategy how traditional in-class exams can be substituted by computer-based exams. Exams obviously involve security issues; for instance, the aspect of availability is of great concern to students whereas teachers expect integrity of the results. Under no circumstances will students tolerate exams being lost while they take them or will teachers use a system where exam answers can be changed after the exam. The stepwise migration strategy from traditional paper-based to computer-based exams proposed in this paper has multiple benefits: (1) advantages of migration are perceived at every stage by all stakeholders. (2) Fall-back options exists that may be used if problems occur. (3) Paper-based backup used to cover legal uncertainties. (4) Instructors can independently decide when to migrate to the next step.