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Electronic Assessment in One Year at Monash

Mr Cliff Ashford

Monash University

In late 2017 Monash undertook to implement an enterprise electronic assessment function. Throughout 2018 the program grew from inception to delivering over 10,000 sittings, with a roadmap to raise this by an order of magnitude by the end of 2019. In this session we will cover the justification and implementation of a holistic assessment solution from each of the primary perspectives; student experience, academic assessment creation and marking, exam management, real-time analytics, and enhanced pedagogical outcomes.

In addition, we will deliver a live assessment for audience participation; demonstrating each of the key interfaces and functions, including live analysis of the results.

This has been a huge undertaking for Monash, with new issues and opportunities presenting themselves on a near-daily basis. Electronic assessment is as much about new business processes and breaking taboos as it is about highly reliable so ware and hardware.

The Agile approach, strong executive backing, and a tripartite governance model of Exam Services, eSolutions, and Monash Education Innovation have delivered a system that has been lauded by students and academic alike.

The transition from paper to a highly flexible digital environment opens up a huge range of possibilities to improve the authenticity of the assessment process. Students can now be assessed using the same tools they use during their education and would expect to be using in industry. Case studies can be presented using a variety of multimedia rather than simple text and diagrams. Responses can be made in a variety of new ways that were not previously possible. Underpinning all of this is the capture of detailed analytics which can help not only during the exam to ensure any issues are identified early, but can also explain the success of different testing techniques on various cohorts of students and ensure marking is demonstrably unbiased and consistent. 

Finally, of course, the process of creating the exam, quality assurance, marking, and delivering results back to students is hugely more efficient which results in significant cost savings for a large institution.

(A copy of this presentation is unfortunately not available).