"E-Examinations@Home" - Transforming Digital Examinations for Remote Settings
Since the launch of "@email" in July 2020, more than 27,000 students of Freie Universität Berlin have been digitally tested at a safe distance using this concept.
This talk shares insights into the process of implementing a scalable concept for remote online tests, assessments and examinations and highlights differences to conventional on-site e-assessments.
Among others, speakers will discuss:
Assessment Literacy: participants will learn about possibilities to construct tasks and exams which respond to higher education learning taxonomies as well as fit within the remote framework. This includes the mitigation of cheating via means of randomized task selection, adaption of task formats and the effective use of different exam versions.
Assessment Technologies: participants will learn about setting up remote e-assessments, including technical perspectives such as e-assessment platforms, anti-cheating software as well as challenges and specifications of BYOD.
Logistics: participants will learn about logistical needs and challenges when setting up a scalable e-assessment solution in a university environment. They will receive insights into workflows for introducing and expanding the concept to teachers and other staff, creating support structures such as guidelines, training and information material and channeling as well as mitigating support requests. Furthermore, they will learn about choosing software with regard to its ease of use and resource requirements such as staff and servers.
Overall, this presentation will provide valuable insights into different areas which have to be considered when setting up remote e-assessments.
e-Assessment Specialist, Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin , Germany
Nils Hernes works as an e-assessment specialist at the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin.
With a degree in education (M.Ed.), he focuses on transforming assessment practices via technology and, thereby, improving assessment formats, didactics and logistics. Within the E-Assessment Alliance, a project of the Berlin University Alliance, Nils Hernes works closely with other Berlin Universities to establish common e-assessment standards and to advance new projects and ideas within the field of e-assessment in higher education.
He is one of the persons closely involved with the development, introduction and deployment of the remote e-examination concept "@email" at Freie Universität Berlin which already provided over 27'000 remote exams since June 2020 and, thus, enables students to advance their degrees during the pandemic.
Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Dipl- Soz. Alexander Schulz coordinates the E-Learning and E-Examinations unit at the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS), Freie Universität Berlin. His field of work and research interests center around the wholistic connection of technology and teaching, learning as well as assessment in higher education. Alexander's main focus lies on the topic of digital tests, assessments and examinations. Besides coordinating the E-Examination Centers at Freie Universität Berlin, he also currently coordinates federal funded projects like the AI project “Technology for Competence (tech4comp)” as well as the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) project “E-Assessment Alliance (EA2)”. Alexander was also closely involved in the development, introduction and deployment of the remote e-examination concept "@email“ at Freie Universität Berlin which already provided more than 27'000 remote exams for students between July 2020 and May 2021.