On April the 14th we held a one-day conference themed ”Digital Exam & Assessment – new modes of testing, grading and data analysis.” The focus of the day was on whether and how the digitization of exams and assessments change our exam forms now and in the future. Through exciting keynote speeches the participants were introduced to current and future trends within technology and education, while the current and future exam types and forms were discussed from both a research-based and a practical based point of view.
Three external speakers were invited. Kim Bisgaard, director and founder of Culture & Business by Innovation Lab gave a tour de force in the recent digital trends and presented “the new world,” where technology will fill a much larger part of our lives. He amongst others pointed out that the technological development leads a future change in the purpose of education, which the industry’s players has to adapt to. Professor, Torben K. Jensen, Centre for Education and Learning, Aarhus University, highlighted the connection between learning and exam and questioned whether or not you can learn to love exams. He presented a research-based look at for instance the development of exam forms stating that exams have come to stay and that we should get more out of them. Peder Berg, physiotherapist, cand.scient.san., University College Lillebælt gave a concrete insight into his work with Multiple Choice exams at the physiotherapy study program. Amongst others he presented the process behind creating Multiple Choice questions and which challenges and opportunities his institution has faced with the exam form.
UNIwise finished the day by highlighting the future trends in digital examination and presenting the future exam platform: WISEflow 3.
In the coming years we focus on developing WISEflow in 6 key areas: Alignment (building a bridge between learning and exam), learning analytics (the creation of more meaningful data about the exam), authentication (knowing the students identity no matter their location), diversity (the support of a wide range of exam forms), omnipresence (be present and connected with all meaningful data) and full service. UNIwise also informed the participants about the latest demands and wishes from WISEflow-users and introduced user groups as a new initiative.
Generally the day encouraged debate of questions like: Are we just digitizing existing and well-known exam forms, or are we on the verge of a new era with new ways of conducting exams? Does digital assessment provide us with more and new opportunities for learning, for instance with adaptive testing, self-tests and more?