The global higher education world has been adapting itself to the growing accessibility and efficiency of digital learning technology, which opens infinite resources, as well as more efficient learning and classroom management, at a lower cost than traditional learning material and methods. Indeed, 65% of students have already taken online classes, and 71% of for-profit colleges and universities are offering them. More than half of them claim that these classes are just as, if not more efficient than traditional classes. Today, half of college presidents even predict that 10 years from now most of their students will take classes online.
It’s not surprising that we can see a large increase in online learning tools especially for distance learning: a method of studying in which lectures are broadcast or lessons are conducted by correspondence, without the student needing to attend a brick-and-mortar school or college. Interestingly, the rise of globalization and technology has caused an increase in distance summer schools or admission tests. Universities today see a growing number of international incoming students from unpredictable backgrounds. This diversity is not necessarily just international; for example, the State Score Comparisons (Department of Defense Education Activity) shows that when it comes to mathematics, state averages can vary up to 20 points (Massachusetts scores 251, where Alabama scores 231).
Doing summer schools and entrance exams online makes sense: digital learning comes with a high level of flexibility which offers the students the possibility to be more independent, comfortable, and generally more efficient. Apart from that, for many domestic and international high school students whose knowledge needs to be vetted before admittance, online education means not having to travel to numerous campuses to take admission exams. This saves time, money, resources, and headaches. Last but not least, distance follows the concept of Education For All, as it offers accessibility to every students equally. Distance and infrastructures are no longer issues for the learning environment, especially for disabled students.
SOWISO therefore offers universities an online testing tool to allow for easily manageable summer schools and distance learning/assessment: students have access to summer courses and exams online, from their own homes. A good example is the MOET (Mathematics Online Eligibility Test) project we’re currently doing with several universities in the Netherlands. All that is required is a computer, a steady internet-connection and 2.5 hours to take the test. To make sure that there’s no cheating, the test will be proctored with the help of ProctorExam and OP4RE; this means students will be monitored during the test. In the end, students save precious time and money, and universities get a quick understanding of the mathematics skills of their incoming students, with auto-grading and a no-cheat guarantee. Additionally, using our PassYourMath platform, SOWISO offers these students online mathematics courses with detailed helpful feedback on any input, explanations, and examples, which can help them prepare for this test and their studies in general.