Electronic Exam in Electronics Studies
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This paper introduces an electronic exam project that has been carried out by the department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at Tampere University of Technology during academic years 2014 – 2015 and 2015 – 2016. In this project the final exam of a pilot course in electronics intermediate studies was implemented with EXAM electronic exam system. The EXAM system has been developed in cooperation with Finnish universities and universities of applied sciences. The results presented in the paper are based on the feedback that was gathered from the participated students.
The results of this project indicate that flexibility of scheduling is one of the key advantages of electronic exams. As electronic exams enable the possibility for students to choose their exam time, overlapping of exams is avoided and students have more time to prepare for exams. The results also confirm that with a computer answering essay questions is pleasant and quick, and due to computer’s text editing options the essay answers are more structured than in pen-and-paper exams. In electronics studies mathematical problem solving is an integral part of studies, and this needs to be taken into consideration when designing and executing electronic exams. According to the results of this project the EXAM electronic exam system has not been able to meet these demands as satisfyingly as hoped. However, students, who used MATLAB software in the electronic exam, considered the software helpful when solving mathematical problems. The possibility to use software as part of an exam is thus another key advantage of electronic exams.