Everyone in education knows that cheating can be a major problem. Students have been cheating for as long as learning and testing have been around. There are a few ways in which educators can try to fight this problem, for example the ones below:
But here at SOWISO, we go about things differently.
Our Digital Assessment Tool
As discussed in a previous blog about digital assessment, we strongly believe in the power of formative assessment, or assessments during the learning process. But education technology can also be used to help with traditional benchmark testing, or summative assessments. And we’re not talking about metal detectors or CCTV!
Teachers have a large number of options to secure online testing with our platform.
For starters, the most basic thing an online assessment tool can do is randomize the order of questions. However, we take it one step further by also randomizing the content of the questions! We do this by randomizing variables in our test items (as we do in our practice exercises as well). This means that one student might be asked to solve , while another student might be working on . Since the answers to these questions are different, there’s no point in trying to see what your neighbor is doing!
We can also randomize the content and answers of multiple choice questions. So in a question like ‘Which of the following is not a rational number?‘, we can randomize whether or not the word not is used. This means that one student might be required to select a rational number as the answer, but his neighbor needs to select an irrational number.
We do more than just randomization, of course. For example, teachers can input an IP range, so they can guarantee that students can only log in from a certain location. Another precaution is passwords that can be given out when the exam starts, so you know that only students who are in the room are able to take the exam.
We have found that together with a safe-exam browser, SOWISO is a great tool for math & science exams, both formative and summative.
Usage of SOWISO Tests
Teachers have been using our testing solutions in pretty interesting ways. Before I end this blog, I wanted to quickly list three interesting possibilities below.
- Students can try an exam an endless amount of times for 24 hours. Best result counts.
- Every week there is a 5 question exam. The system will tell students if their answer is correct or wrong, but won’t give them any hints. Before handing in the exam, they need to have 4 out of 5 correct.
- Students have access to the course while making the exam, but there is not a lot of time to finish the exam. So if they have to look up everything, they will run out of time.
Let’s talk again soon,