Towards authentic e-Exams at scale: Robust networked Moodle

Mathew Hillier, Scott Grant, Martin Coleman

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In this paper we present the design and user evaluation of a resilient online e-Exam platform that is capable of working without a network for most of the exam session, including the conclusion of an exam, without loss of data. We draw upon the education and technology acceptance literature as a basis for evaluation. The technology approach takes advantage of the Moodle learning management system quiz module as a means to provide an electronic workflow for assessments and builds on a range of open source components to construct the robust solution. The approach also enables rich, constructed assessment tasks by providing authentic ‘e-tools of the trade’ software applications and a consistent operating system on each student’s BYO laptop. The robust Moodle exam deployment was trialled in two undergraduate units (subjects) at an Australian university. Students undertook a sequence of practice, mid-term and a final examination using the platform. Additional software and audio files were utilised as part of the exams. Student feedback on their experience was collected using pre and post surveys covering a range of issues related to technology acceptance.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
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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  • Authentic assessment
  • E-Exams
  • Networking
  • Offline
  • Resilience

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