Positive experience with digital exams
The digital exam project was completed this spring, while work on making the exam process better for course coordinators, examiners and students continues unabated. In spring 2019, 100 per cent of home exams were digital, while the share was 60 per cent for supervised written exams.
"Our goal is for all exams to be digital where this is considered expedient," says higher executive officer Lise Tønjum of the Section for Exams.
WISEFLOW OFFERS NEW POSSIBILITIES
WISEflow, which is the digital tool NHH uses for its digital exams, is constantly evolving. The latest new functions make it possible to type mathematical formulas and codes straight into WISEflow, and include a new assessment matrix function that improves the assessment process.
LATEX: FORMULAS AND CODES
From now on, students can type mathematical formulas straight into the formula function LaTeX, and codes into a code writing function. This means that they avoid having to write mathematical formulas and codes by hand and then take a photo, as was previously the case.
Rubrics is an assessment matrix function used by course responsibles and examiners to give the students feedback and their assessment results. Rubrics is a tool used for assessment and evaluation in the following areas:
1. as guidance for examiners
2. to communicate learning objectives and assessment criteria to the students
3. to give the students feedback on their performance
ENGLISH AS AN ELECTIVE COURSE
Associate professor Claudia Förster Hegrenæs used Rubrics for the first time this spring for the exam in the elective English course, for which she is course coordinator. She reports very positive feedback both from the examiners and students. One external examiner referred to Rubrics as the best tool the English course has had in all the years he has been with us.
Thanks to Rubrics, the examiners for the elective English course exam in spring 2019 reduced the time they spent on giving grounds for grades by more than three quarters.
"We've used matrices as aids when grading the elective English course exam since autumn 2018. We normally go through it with the students before the exam, which makes the assessment criteria and expectations of answers clear in advance. The matrices are also made available in WISEflow along with the exam paper. Finally, the students receive feedback in WISEflow on the quality of their exam answers together with their grade," explains Claudia.
The digital exam is evaluated each semester and feedback is essential when further developing WISEflow.
"We are in close dialogue with the supplier of the system and are also part of a national group that is working on further developing the tool," says Lise.