Our online assessment platform
An online assessment or e-assessment is sometimes used to take (parts of) an assessment. Questionnaires and online ability tests can be completed at home or in a controlled environment.
Why online assessments?
- Marking is instantaneous
- Easy availability of extensive question performance data
- Examiners can correct results for problem questions immediately
- Problem questions can be identified and omitted from, or rewritten for, future assessments
- Self-test and revision quizzes, with immediate feedback, are available 24/7 from anywhere with an internet connection
- Computer-marking is fairer, removing inter-/intra-marker variability
- Question banks can be used for both summative and formative assessment
- High quality images can be included at lower cost than on paper. Audio, video, and even simulations and complex visualisations are also available to question authors.
The use of online assessments saves companies a lot of time and money. Often the assessments can be completed in less time, multiple candidates can complete the online assessment at the same time and there is no need for specialised (and expensive) personnel. All required knowledge is present in the e-assessment. There are various options to facilitate assessment, whether completed by computer or human, tutor or peer.
Online examination systems seek to efficiently evaluate the exam partakers thoroughly through a fully automated system that not only saves time but also give fast results. The online examination system helps to completely automate the old manual procedure of conducting exams. It also significantly eliminates the need for monitoring while the exam is being taken, unless its to be taken in a controlled environment. All instructions are displayed to the exam taker before the tests begin.
To effectively deliver an examination, 3 major components have to be catered for efficiently.
- Creation of exams – Obviously, an exam will have to be created. Examiners can create exams online. The contents also have to be kept securely until the examination starts.
- Supervision of examination – Students have to be logged in, and monitored in a controlled environment to ensure that they dont compromise the standards of the exams.
- Marking of the exams. Marking is the ultimate stage in any examination as it determines the success or failure of the candidate. It is the stage that dictates the next level of success.
A major highlight of using a our web based assessment platform is that it gives a high level of transparency as opposed to the traditional method or remote method. It is almost impossible to compromise exam questions and evaluations because they cannot also be influenced. Most online exams generate their results instantly and it is often possible for the exam taker to get information on his results immediately. Some of our major advantages of using our platform include the following:
Security and confidentiality
The security and confidentiality of an exam are critical if the exam is to retain its value. Prepared exams need to be securely kept. Any leakage will definitely compromise the standard of the exam and may result to a cancellation or a retake. All these features are well addressed using our system because not only is the content of the exam safely locked away in a database, access to the database is only possible with an authorized personnel. A lot of possibilities are also opened up on exam day as it allows you to conveniently make your own test in a secure environment. Questions can easily be randomized so that no participants see the same questions in the same order. Questions can easily be mixed as each new question is added to the system’s database. The questions can then be randomly drawn from the database. This is why most examination bodies have gradually adopted the online platform
Accessibility and Flexibility
Exams can be conducted anywhere. All a student needs is a personal computer with internet connection. A student does not need a long commute to exam venue as long as these requirements are met. This also means that thousands of students can take the same exams over a wide spread of locations. Gone are days, students move from one region or locality to another in the name of sitting the examination. A lot of lives have been lost in the process due to accident and other similar mishaps. In the same vein, examiners also benefit from this. Examiners do not have to bother with the laborious task of marking exams as this is well taken care of by the system. The system actually marks each exam and presents the result to the student at the end of the exam. Examiners are also afforded the opportunity to create exam online through an online examination system that can present examinations in multiple languages. Multiple exams on multiple subjects for multiple courses can also be set. Exams can also be configured for 24/7 availability. This allows candidates to take exams at their own convenience.
When an exam is placed online, it results in significant cost savings. The cost of paper, copying, and distribution expenses are all reduced or eliminated. The elimination of paper costs alone is extraordinary. The copying and distribution of assignments to a large class are often unwieldy and inefficient. Administrators anxious to reduce expenditures are likely to strongly favor the transition from paper assignments examinations to using online assessment software.
With the widespread availability of computers and the internet, there is a general acceptability and endorsement of this system. The lengthy formalities and processes involved in creating question papers, registering candidates for exams, answer sheet evaluation and declaration of results are completely eradicated with our platform. Each student is timed precisely and all results are generated instantaneously. In some cases, a candidate may even be able to get an assessment on failed questions.
On a statistical point of view, compared data can be stored over time. This means that different comparative analysis can be done to analyze the outcomes of exams overtime. Depending on the online exam system used, statistical data can be pulled to analyze different data and create reports.
Our platform offers a powerful assessment tool where participants answer a series of system-marked questions. Assessments can have time limits and provide feedback based on the overall grade achieved. Question selection can be randomised or specific with control over final layout altered. There are also various measures that can be utilised that maintain integrity of the grades. The range of options – too many to attempt to list here – make this a very flexible assessment tool.
Safety Critical Industries
Our platform offers safety critical industries a robust and secure assessment process by eliminating the potential for guessing under multiple choice questioning. Our text recognition enables your business to test your employees to ensure underpinning knowledge of the subject at hand. A candidate that uses these types of assessment will have to type their answer in fully and then will be checked against possible matches in our database. These types of safety critical assessments are ideal for rail and airline industries where safety is paramount. Safety critical assessments can either have auto-marking (checking answers by the database) or manually by the trainer.
Question banks are databases of all the available online assessment questions for a subject. Questions can be filtered by syllabus coverage, question type and the assessment(s) in which they appear. Detailed question analysis data are also available, enabling examiners to consider past performance when choosing exam questions. The banks are secure and only accessible to examiners
The Question banks is where the raw material for assessment activities are created and managed. Question types include:
- Multiple choice
- Short answer
- Cloze (fill in the blanks)
- Text Recognition
Questions can be organised flexibly and shared across multiple activities. Each question type offers multiple configuration options including answer specific feedback.
Screenshots of the questioning types
Hover over each image to see what type of question it is and click to enlarge.