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By Seow Teck Keong.
The AY2013/14 Semester 1 final examination for the LSM1301 – General Biology module was conducted as a bring-your-own-laptop open-book examination. The average enrolment of the LSM1301 module in the first semester of the academic year is about 700 to 800 students, and in AY2013/14, the module had 672 students. In anticipation of the large class size, preparations for the bring-your-own-laptop examination began in May 2013, when the Centre for Instructional Technology was first contacted, intensified from September 2013 onwards, and culminated with the final examination being held on 22 November 2013. While it was indeed a joy that the examination was successfully held with only minor hiccups, the road towards the finale was definitely rough and tough, one that was filled with fears and tears. If you are considering the possibility of implementing this mode of examination, you are invited to come and listen to this sharing of a journey that is not to be embarked by the faint-hearted.