The eExams project in Australia has sought to prove a sustainable, scalable and secure pathway for computers to be used in examinations. Initially developed at the University of Tasmania, it has been used in various degree courses and in the pre-tertiary sector across the state. Over a thousand students have used the eExam System since its launch in 2009. Candidates bring their own devices to the examination, and boot up from a specially crafted USB stick. This provides the same modified Ubuntu software environment (based on Linux) and a full office suite to every candidate; access to the exam materials and a secure partition for the candidate’s answers. As with any long-term software development project, the eExam System continues to evolve. Work on the version 5 began at the University of Queensland in 2013. This will add a copy of the learning management system Moodle on the USB stick to include a range of computer marked question types, such as short answer and multiple-choice. A restricted network connection to an institutional LMS is also possible, using a secure gateway. This presentation illustrates the way users have made the transition from paper-replacement to post-paper examinations. The style of emerging post-paper exams illuminates the way in which curriculum change may be facilitated through this new assessment format.
|Title of host publication||Now It's Personal|
|Subtitle of host publication||Conference Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2014|
|Editors||Trudy Sweeney, Sue Urban|
|Place of Publication||Lesmurdie WA Australia|
|Publisher||Australian Council for Computers in Education|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
|Event||Australasian Computers in Education Conference 2014: Now It's Personal - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia|
Duration: 30 Sep 2014 → 3 Oct 2014
Conference number: 26th
|Conference||Australasian Computers in Education Conference 2014|
|Abbreviated title||ACEC 2014|
|Period||30/09/14 → 3/10/14|
Fluck, A., & Hillier, M. (2014). eExams transforming curriculum. In T. Sweeney, & S. Urban (Eds.), Now It's Personal: Conference Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2014 (pp. 178-185). Australian Council for Computers in Education.