Digital assessment as project
Since autumn 2014, NHH has conducted a pilot project on digital exams. With the establishment of the project group in September this year, we are now ready for a significant upscaling of the project.
Percentage digital assessment, NHH
2016: approx. 14%
(home exams: 40%, school exams: 1,5%)
2015: approx.. 2%
2014: approx. 2%
At the same time as the number of digital exams has increased significantly in 2016 compared with previous years, efforts are now being made to formally establish the project – to specify deliveries and goals, establish a steering committee and clarify demarcation with other activities and projects.
The overall goal of the project is for NHH to be fully digital in relation to holding exams, assessment and related administrative processes, as far as expedient, by the end of the spring semester 2019. The project will also work closely with the academic communities to facilitate realising the educational benefits that digital assessment offers.
The entire exam process
‘It is important that the project focuses on digitalisation of the entire exam process and not just on what happens on the day of the exam. Grading and all administrative processes that take place before and after the exam, such as explanation of grades and appeals, must be digitalised,’ states project manager Marita Kristiansen. All roles in the exam process will be affected. At the end of the project period, all processes involved in holding digital exams must be adopted and implemented in normal operations.
Along with scores of other universities and university colleges, NHH has taken part in a joint procurement process organised by UNINETT, in which UNIwise emerged as the preferred supplier. This is the same supplier that NHH has used in the pilot phase. Joint learning material and working groups will be established for the purpose of exchanging experience at the national level.
Contributes to developing WISEflow
Feedback is positive from students, examiners and administrative personnel who have used the system (WISEflow).
‘The project will facilitate a structured process for collecting ideas to improve WISEflow from students, examiners and administrative personnel,’ says project manager Marita Kristiansen.
‘Through inter-sector collaboration, we will also be more able to influence further developing the system’s functionality, for example in relation to integrations with the Common Student System and P360, and to solutions for exams that require mathematical calculations and models,’ she continues.
Advantages for examiners
- Avoid having to decipher handwriting
- Avoid having to sign and scan examination records
- Immediate access to answers after an exam, no delays due to the postal service
- The grading can be done both online and offline with access to answers from several locations
- Possibility of commenting in the answers and sharing comments with other examiners and/or students
- Easier to give feedback and explain grades to students
- Supports the use of rubrics
Advantages for students
- Exams can be better adapted to student life and future working life
- Easier to structure and complete answers
- Reduced need for adaptions for exams, and advantages/disadvantages associated with these are evened out
- In the long-term, it will also be possible to implement forms of assessment that are optimised for the intended learning outcome
Advantages for administrative personnel
- Greater security in relation to completion and distribution of exams. Sources of error are reduced through fewer intermediaries and fewer manual processes
- A solution that is integrated with the Common Student System, which means answers, grades, explanation of grades and appeals are handled in the same system
- The transition to paperless exams will free up both time and space
- Reduced postage, exam sheets and printing expenses
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