The 21st century has brought about various changes, and the education sector was no exception, especially when it comes to exam delivery and management.. Multiple upgrades and changes have led the education sector to be more efficient and better targeted throughout the years. Below is an overview of the most significant changes with exam management.
Transitioning from Traditional Exams
A decade ago, exams were held within four walls, with a pen and paper. Today, exams can be held virtually anywhere, whether at a student’s home or an exam center across the globe. Exams today are also not necessarily held on paper, with technology enabling millions of individuals to take them digitally.
As technology progresses, it can be predicted that traditional exams will be replaced entirely in favor of new digitized exams. These exams will be more efficient, with faster turnaround times and scalability.
Traditionally, invigilation or proctoring was done by educators or extra personnel. They had to be paid extra, and could not guarantee total efficiency, as the number of students they had to monitor could vary. Traditional proctoring was seen as a necessary activity to deter students from even thinking about cheating.
Today, remote invigilation has revolutionized how exam management works. Institutions no longer have to hire an extra workforce or pay more when invigilating.
Use of AI
While the uses of Artificial Intelligence are still being tested and experimented on in various sectors, it already has many benefits in the educational sector. For exam management, AI can be used in remote proctoring, increasing accessibility of exams, grading, and much more.
AI is expected to be implemented in other aspects of exam management and will increase the functionality and efficiency of online assessment platforms. AI can also help with onboarding individuals before online assessments take place.
Grading any assessment can be an activity that takes days, depending on how many papers need to be marked. However, an automated grading system can do this in a couple of hours.
When it comes to digital exams, educators can input the answers beforehand, so AI can automatically begin grading papers when they come in. For any confusing answers, they can flag it for educators to see later. It streamlines the process and takes quite a burden off the educator’s shoulders.
A decade ago, educators would have to sit down after grading all the assessments and exams to make detailed reports about the results. If it were an intensive endeavor, they would also compare the results with previous years.
Today, thankfully, educators do not have to do this alone. With the help of various tools and technology, they can leave it up to the software to develop detailed reports. These reports will compare results with previous years and give benchmark reports with other schools in the area or even globally.