The very idea of e-Exams: Student (pre)conceptions

Mathew Hillier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

20 Citations (Scopus)


This paper explores the preconceptions of students as reported via a voluntary online preimplementation survey administered in late 2013 on the topic of e-exams. The survey was conducted as part of a wider research program into the development and implementation of oncampus computerised examinations using BYOD. The survey at an Australian university received just over 480 responses from undergraduate students across a wide range of discipline areas including Arts, Commerce, Engineering, Humanities and Science. Twenty-four Likert scale items on e-exams covered pedagogical suitability, fairness, security, cheating, technical reliability, keyboard proficiency, physical comfort, equipment provision and preferences for pen-on-paper or computer based testing. Two open comments on concerns and opinions were included. Data was analysed using Man-Whitney's U Test across programs (discipline groups), gender and by level of experience of computerised exams. The survey was conducted with the intention of uncovering pre-conceived ideas held on the part of students with regard to the idea of e-exams ahead of a planned series of e-exam trials. A range of concerns were expressed by students both for and against the idea of exams that provide the planners of e-exam approaches valuable insights into the attitudes of one of the most significant stakeholder groups.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASCILITE 2014
Subtitle of host publicationAnnual Conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
EditorsBronwyn Hegarty, Jenny McDonald, Swee-Kin Loke
Place of PublicationTugun QLD Australia
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780473307509
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2014 - Dunedin, New Zealand
Duration: 23 Nov 201426 Nov 2014
Conference number: 31st (Conference website) (Conference Proceedings)


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 2014
Abbreviated titleASCILITE 2014
CountryNew Zealand
Internet address


  • E-exams
  • Pre-implementation
  • Student perceptions
  • Survey

Cite this