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Midlands Conference 2013 - assessing students the online way

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Midlands Conference 2013 - assessing students the online way

  1. 1. Thursday, July 4, 2013 1Sarah Seeley Assessing Students The On-line way Summative e-assessment at the University of Nottingham
  2. 2. 07/04/13 Sarah Seeley 2 Scope of Session • Outline the strategies employed at the University of Nottingham to support innovative assessment practice • Focus of session = support for On-line summative examinations • Highlight practical challenges of using a multimedia environment • Speculate on what examinations of the future may look like how can we ensure we are ready and able to deliver high quality service in an ever changing landscape.
  3. 3. 07/04/13 Sarah Seeley 3 Learning Outcomes • Be able to identify the particular support requirements of online assessment. • Understand how these have been met at the University of Nottingham. • Identify potential areas of development in the area of e- assessment.
  4. 4. Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sarah Seeley 4 Background • The System – Locally developed Rogo system delivers exam environment – In use since 2002 – Multiple question types and levels of use – Opportunity to use multimedia to enhance experience – Used predominantly in sciences especially in the Medical and Veterinary Schools but use is expanding into Arts subjects – Deployed for high stakes summative exams – Fully secure – Benefits include electronic marking and detailed individual feedback for large cohorts
  5. 5. 07/04/13 Sarah Seeley 5 Background • Support Structure – Since 2011 Operations coordinated by the on-line exam team (FTE 2) who operate as part of the examinations Office Team located within Academic Services Department. – Operation supported by a multiplicity of teams and roles within teams across the university – Whole year operation
  6. 6. Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sarah Seeley 6 Scale of Operation • Unique students 6,393 (almost doubled in 2 years) • Papers 20,459 (2012/13 not including resits) • 82% of Medical Education Unit summative assessment • Largest cohort 394 • Runs at overseas campus • Majority of examinations have multiple locations • Examinations run throughout the year • 14 suitable venues largest 90 seats • Display configurable at a student level
  7. 7. Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sarah Seeley 7 Organisation • Complex logistics • Many teams involved • Front ended workload • Communication key • Students need to be prepared
  8. 8. Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sarah Seeley 8 Key Issues • Co-ordination • Roles and responsibilities • Facilities • Difficulties breaking new ground • Standardisation • Communication • Student engagement • Flexibility • Impact analysis • Invigilation
  9. 9. 07/04/13 Sarah Seeley 9 Skills set • Creative thinking • Change management • Risk management • Negotiation • Conflict resolution • Project management
  10. 10. Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sarah Seeley 10 Current Initiatives • Policy and procedure review • Joining up the dots • Awareness raising, selling the service • Bespoke support for academics/support staff • Managing change • Publicising risk management strategy • Long essay type exams
  11. 11. 07/04/13 Sarah Seeley 11 Do traditional exams have a future? • What is the next big thing? • Remote proctoring • MOOCs • Bring your own devices • Automated essay marking • Instant feedback • Open access exams • Sit when ready • No exams at all?
  12. 12. 07/04/13 Sarah Seeley 12 How prepared are we?
  13. 13. Thursday, July 4, 2013 Sarah Seeley 13 Any Questions

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