Positive experience with digital exams

By Astri Kamsvåg

2 September 2019 15:30

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.

The digital exam is now in the operational phase, and everyone in the Section for Exams now works in WISEflow in one way or another, whether to manage home and supervised exams, or to process appeals or other cases, says Tatiana Pozolotina and Lise Tønjum.
The digital exam is now in the operational phase, and everyone in the Section for Exams now works in WISEflow in one way or another, whether to manage home and supervised exams, or to process appeals or other cases, says Tatiana Pozolotina and Lise Tønjum.

"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

"When more than one examiner is used in a subject, the assessment criteria are clearly given and standardised for all examiners. In this way, we ensure that the answers are assessed on the same basis. This benefits the students and contributes to quality assuring exams at NHH. Not least, a well-developed matrix can significantly reduce the time an examiner spends on grading," says Claudia Förster Hegrenæs.
"When more than one examiner is used in a subject, the assessment criteria are clearly given and standardised for all examiners. In this way, we ensure that the answers are assessed on the same basis. This benefits the students and contributes to quality assuring exams at NHH. Not least, a well-developed matrix can significantly reduce the time an examiner spends on grading," says Claudia Förster Hegrenæs.

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: FEEDBACK/ASSESSMENT

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.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO KNOW MORE?

Would you like to know more about WISEflow's possibilities? Contact eksamen@nhh.no or Lise Tønjum directly. You can also talk to Claudia Förster Hegrenæs  about matrices.

Watch video about possibilities in WISEflow and read more about the advantages with digital exams at NHH (Paraplyen)

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