What is an online examination system?
An online examination system is a standalone feature in a school management system that covers the experience of administering an exam, taking an exam, and following outcomes from end to end.
A robust online examination module provides comprehensive examination experience for both students and teachers alike. It is less laborious and overhead intensive examination experience since it automated and digitized the examination administration experience, while also ensuring greater flexibility and access for students from all corners of the world.
Why do schools need an online examination system?
The traditional examination system has been in place for a long time. Over the years, tweaks in exam duration, question format, evaluation methods, and feedback have evolved, but generally speaking this pen and paper model has persisted over decades of education. So why the change to an online examination system now?
Simply put, with innovations in technology, an increasingly globalized world, and data-driven insights into teaching and learning methodologies, an online examination system might provide a better perspective into the scholarly journey of a student. Examinations are not just a part and parcel of student life. They are an evaluative tool that allows students, teachers, and parents to track and measure the student’s scholarly progress. It also serves as a concrete metric on which to base learning and teaching decisions for the future.
Unlike a traditional examination system, an online examination system is more enhanced in numerous ways. From easier setup to remote access, to faster evaluations, an online examination system is better at fulfilling its primary role of being an evaluative tool.
What are the features of an online examination system?
An Online examination system can have a variety of features that would be helpful to both teachers and students alike. Below we discuss some key features in detail along with the benefits they bring to the table over a traditional pen and paper examination:
1. Create Subject and MCQ questions
The online examination allows users to create examination papers by subject and using multiple-choice questions. This kind of granular ability to create curated questions ensures that examinations remain dynamic and up to date instead of being outdated or outmoded in any way. It also means that a constant stream of questions is being added to the institutional knowledge of the school in question or even archives of a question bank for future educators to use.
2. Check the existing exams batch-wise
The online examination system allows for users to evaluate existing exams on a batch-wise basis. This allows for task breakdown making it easier for teachers to check answers for questions in the examination administered. Traditional pen and paper examination evaluation can often feel like it is overwhelming due to the sheer physical volume of work to be assessed. With batch-wise evaluation in the online examination system, the task is broken down to be more surmountable, making it less time consuming and laborious in the process.
3. View Exam Results Batch Wise
Similar to the ability to evaluate batch-wise, the online examination system also allows exam results to be viewed as batch-wise. Once again, this allows students and teachers to take on a seemingly overwhelming task with more ease.
4. Reset Examination Batch Wise
Let us say an examination needs to be retaken due to unforeseen circumstances – from inclement weather delays to administration errors, there are many reasons an examination may need to be retaken. This can be done easily within the online examination system because the system allows you to reset an examination so all previous test scores and responses are disregarded and students can take the examination as a fresh exam.
This also allows teachers creating an examination to create dummy exams and do a run through themselves to ensure that students have a hassle-free examination. This kind of beta testing is efficient and effective in ensuring a smooth examination experience for all students.
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An online examination is the way of the future. It is not a revolutionizing of an existing system, instead of enhancement of it. It is the first step in better understanding and analyzing absorption of course material by students, recall of said material, the effectiveness of teaching methods being used in a classroom. It is also an easy way to collect data to evaluate a student’s performance over the long-term. The results speak for themselves as it benefits all stakeholders in the educational ecosystem – teachers, students, parents, and school management.
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