Digital Assessment

Integrating digital assessments is one of many ways in which you can boost the quality of your teaching practice. Digital assessments allow you to improve the quality of your tests and to work more efficiently and effectively.

Various types of software are available for online assessments. The test applications TestVision Online, SOWISO and Maple TA are centrally offered and managed at the AUAS.

Digital tests benefit both students and lecturers. Digital tests resonate and connect more with students: evaluations show that they would rather type than write and that they appreciate variety in the types of question asked. In addition, a literature study (in dutch) shows that when used correctly, digital tests have a positive effect on test quality. Both summative and formative tests can be administered online. The assessment tool TestVision gives AUAS lecturers insight into test questions and previously conducted tests, enabling systematic improvement of test quality.

Advantages

  • Gain access to your test questions and test results anywhere and any time.
  • Automatic marking/scoring of closed questions.
  • Online marking of open questions and sufficiently legible written answers.
  • Make the tests more applicable to the real world by adding audio and visual material.
  • Automatic creation of tests based on a database.
  • Extensive analysis functionality at both the test level and the question level.
  • Provide immediate feedback to students about results.

Exam rooms

AUAS uses digital exam rooms with a total capacity of 880 people. These digital exam rooms are used by AUAS, UvA and AMC, and they can also be used for written exams.

  • The IWO Red and IWO Blue rooms have a capacity of 300 people each.
  • Room REC M3.01 on the Roeterseiland Campus (UvA) can be used for AUAS tests (capacity: 150).
  • Four small digital exam rooms are available in the Fraijlemaborg building, providing total capacity of 130. The room numbers and capacities are as follows: FMB.016 (31 people), FMB.026 (33 people), FMB.034 (33 people) and FMB.040 (33 people).

Equipment

The computers have been specially designed for digital tests and are equipped with a mouse and keyboard. All of the computers are situated on separate tables and the screens are fitted with privacy protectors to prevent copying. In addition to the standard programs that a regular workstation would have, the exam computers also have special programs that can be used for digital testing.

All of the computers are connected to a secure wired network: no Wi-Fi is available in the IWO rooms. The exam computers can be centrally controlled by an administrator’s computer, e.g. to enable tests to be centrally activated/deactivated.

The exam rooms are not identical: for information regarding the differences, contact the Online Testing contact.

Test applications are used to develop, administer, check, analyse and manage/archive formative and summative tests. Tests are administered within a secure environment. Test statistics that can be retrieved in a test application are used as input for determining test question quality and cut-off scores.

A range of test applications can be used for the purposes of summative and formative tests. For more information on this matter, consult our tool guide.

Would you like more information about the best type of assessment method for your programme or how to design, construct, administer, mark and analyse tests effectively? If so, feel free to contact us via edulab.fbe@hva.nl.

Developing online tests

Administering online tests