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Decoded: Online examination trends in 2021 and beyond

Forty-five percent of respondents say “providing access to devices to students (digital divide)” is their key concern in transitioning to online exams.

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Type: Survey

Number of respondents: 650+

Target sample: Deans, professors & HODs

Did you know?

Cheating prevention continues to be academia’s foremost concern in offering online examinations.

Top takeaways:

Almost 6 out of 10 respondents cite cheating prevention as their prime concern in deciding on offering online examinations.

Almost 7 out of 10 respondents expect further advances and better mechanisms to clamp down on cheating to ensure fair and transparent virtual examinations.

Every one out of two respondents reports the lack of familiarity with online examination platforms and processes as the most significant challenge in giving digital assessments.

What’s inside this report?

Overview:

The state of online examinations 2021 was set out to map the process shift in giving and taking exams and dispassionately assess and document the experience of using online examination platforms and proctoring services.

This report intended to examine the many real and perceived challenges that the various education sector constituents faced in employing online examination platforms and services to give and take assessments. The report also analyzed the many hits and misses in using assessment platforms and sought to understand the improvements needed to enhance the platforms’ functionalities. The findings are likely to offer critical directional cues to service providers.

What you’ll learn from this report:

You will get a ringside view of how universities and colleges managed their examination processes amid an unprecedented disruption because of COVID-19. This extensive report evaluates the degree to which colleges and universities gave online examinations before the onset of the pandemic, besides understanding the kinds and types of assessments they offered to their students.

It takes a microscopic look at the bottlenecks that education centers globally faced in transitioning from offline to online. Besides, it assesses the quality of products and services being offered by online examination service providers. Also, it documents their experience of using online examination platforms.

Further, it takes stock of the road ahead for examinations in 2021 and beyond.

Sneak peek

The report is divided into four sections:

“Evaluating the assessment trend & the process shift” evaluates the degree to which colleges and universities gave online examinations before the onset of the pandemic, besides understanding the kinds and types of assessments they offered to their students.

“Mapping the experience, advantages and challenges in going digital” takes a microscopic look at the bottlenecks that education centers globally faced in transitioning from offline to online.

“Hits and misses of online exam service providers” assesses the quality of products and services being offered by online examination service providers.

“The way forward” takes stock of the road ahead. The vagaries of the pandemic and the ensuing uncertainty require establishing a broader trajectory for the immediate times ahead.

Insights:

  • Most respondents, 68%, list the need for more airtight cheating prevention technologies, followed by further improvements in setting up the examination/question papers as areas that need further improvement.
  • Over 6 out of 10 respondents, 63%, plan to offer hybrid examinations in 2021 and beyond, meaning a mix of remote and center-based tests.
  • Almost 53 percent of respondents say online exam platforms turned out to be a highly scalable and productive alternative to center-based exams.

Written by

Shashank has been working in the publishing and online industry for eight-plus years now. He has donned many hats and has reported on diverse industry verticals, including aviation, tourism, hospitality, etc. He is currently the senior editor at Mercer | Mettl.

- Shashank Shekhar

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