eExams transforming curriculum

Andrew Fluck, Mathew Hillier

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNow It's Personal
Subtitle of host publicationConference Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2014
EditorsTrudy Sweeney, Sue Urban
Place of PublicationLesmurdie WA Australia
PublisherAustralian Council for Computers in Education
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780646920955
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralasian Computers in Education Conference 2014: Now It's Personal - Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide, Australia
Duration: 30 Sep 20143 Oct 2014
Conference number: 26th


ConferenceAustralasian Computers in Education Conference 2014
Abbreviated titleACEC 2014
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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.