Digital Assessment project is entering a new phase

7 May 2019

We have arrived at a new phase in the Digital Assessment project. After the first test day on 8 April with 800 Chromebooks, the second test on Tuesday 7 May at MECC Maastricht was also successful. This test combined the testing of the WiFi and the logistics with the optimisation on some minor details of the exam soft- and hardware. In concrete terms, this means that there is a green light for large-scale digital testing in MECC and that implementation will take place in phases. The already planned digital tests of FPN (4 June) and FHML (7 June) can now take place at MECC.

What are the benefits of digital testing?

Advantages of digital testing for teachers and course coordinators can be reached in various areas:

  1. Marking
    1. No problems with deciphering handwritten texts
    2. Processes run more efficiently
    3. Distribution over several correctors per student or per question possible
  2. Logistics and organisation: the process of creating questions, constructing tests and assessments is more efficient
  3. Analysis of the results: More efficient processing and the possibility of statistical analysis
  4. Content and format of the test
    1. More question types possible, in addition to open questions and multiple choice, also matching, hotspot and multiple answer questions
    2. Ability to add photos, video clips, etc.

 

Of course, digital testing also offers benefits for students. They no longer have to write by hand; which makes completing open questions a lot more efficient.

 

Phased introduction of digital testing

Block coordinators can choose from now on whether they want to offer their tests digitally. If you want to participate, discuss it with your faculty’s test coordinator. A maximum of 800 students can participate per test. The scheduling of digital tests – just like traditional tests – will be done by the Student Service Centre (SSC).

 

About the project

The Digital Assessment project has been running since 1 May 2017 and will run until the end of August. As of 1 September next, digital testing will be a structural part of the service provided by the University Library around UM’s digital learning environment.

Many colleagues from all faculties, UM Library, ICTS, EDLAB, SSC, Facility Services and Academic Affairs are involved in the project. In the project everything is prepared to ensure that teachers and students can get started with digital testing in a good and safe way.

Author: Susanne Snijders, Communications Officer UM Library

 


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.

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