Paper verses e-assessment: Biomedical students see advantages in moving away from traditional paper based in-semester assessments

Jessica Gibbons, Ingrid D'Souza

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Technology is becoming an integral part of the teaching and learning environment with e-assessment contributing to quality improvements in student learning experience. This research project investigated the potential effectiveness of using technology for summative assessment in an undergraduate Biomedical Science course. The results indicated that this cohort of students want choice in the location where the e-assessment is completed and choice in the device – personal or university owned.Biomedical Science students indicated that e-assessment is an effective alternative to invigilated, paper based major in-semester assessments. Reliability of the technology and adequate feedback were also factors in the student’s perception of e-assessment. Based on findings from this study, it is our view that e-assessments in this format offers a promising alternative to traditional assessment modes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOpen Oceans: Learning without borders
Subtitle of host publication35th International Conference of Innovation, Practice and Research in the Use of Educational Technologies in Tertiary Education
EditorsMalcolm Campbell, Julie Willems, Chie Adachi, Damian Blake, Iain Doherty, Siva Krishnan, Susie Macfarlane, Leanne Ngo, Marcus O'Donnell, Stuart Palmer, Lynn Riddell, Ian Story, Harsh Suri, Joanna Tai
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018 - Deakin University, Geelong, Australia
Duration: 25 Nov 201828 Nov 2018
Conference number: 35th (Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2018
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2018
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  • E-assessment
  • Feedback
  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Choice

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