e-Exams with student owned devices: student voices

Mathew Hillier

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This paper reports on what students think of using their own mobile devices, such as laptops, for examinations. e-Exams are an attempt to bring the pedagogical power of mobile laptop devices into the world of pen-on-paper high stakes exams. Trials of an open source, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) based e-Exam system were undertaken in six undergraduate courses during 2014 at The University of Queensland, Australia. Student voices were sought via surveys conducted prior, during and following a series of mid-semester e-exam trials. Opinions ranged from the enthusiastically positive 'I want it yesterday' to the negative 'not in my life time'. Impressions and concerns highlighted by this important stakeholder group included; typing proficiency, comfort with familiar keyboards, hand cramps from long writing durations, editing ability, reliability of technology, security, equity, cheating, familiar habits and apathy. Insights will prove useful to institutions looking to implement computerised exams using BYOD.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Mobile Learning Festival 2015
Subtitle of host publicationMobile Learning, MOOCs and 21st Century Learning
EditorsDaniel Churchill, Thomas K.F. Chiu, Nicole J. Gu
Place of PublicationHong Kong
PublisherInternational Mobile Learning Festival (IMLF)
Number of pages27
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventInternational Mobile Learning Festival 2015: Mobile Learning, MOOCs and 21st Century learning - Hong Kong, China
Duration: 22 May 201523 May 2015


ConferenceInternational Mobile Learning Festival 2015
Abbreviated titleIMFL 2015
CityHong Kong

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