Faculty and administrators could talk about technology in higher education all day long. Every new piece of technology marketed at the higher education space provokes opinions on whether more technology is a good idea. The opinions of educational professionals on this topic certainly matter; however, in order for technology to make a real difference in education, students have to embrace it. Of course, many of them already use technology in their personal lives. For example, in 2013, 83% of students reported that they used smartphones regularly, and 45% of students reported that they used tablets regularly.
“Technology” is a broad concept. When making higher-level technology decisions, programs and colleges need to take into account how their students use and like the different technological options that are available to them.
It’s easy to focus on what ExamSoft can do for teachers, administrators, and larger educational programs, but a more organized approach to assessment can pay big dividends for students too.
1) Students obtain useful feedback and data. Gaining specific, real-time performance feedback can empower students to take more control over their study habits, and knowing where their strengths and weaknesses lie will enable them to work more efficiently as they pursue their educational goals. The analytical exam reports produced by ExamSoft give students clear visual cues to track their progress and knowledge more successfully.
2) Licensure exam practice. For students in programs that lead up to a high-stakes certification exam, having regular access to exams in a similar format can give them an advantage. If they know the technology and are familiar with the experience, some of the stress of the moment will be alleviated. They can then focus on performing well instead of worrying about how everything works.
3) Stick to the platform they’re comfortable with. Whether they prefer an iPad or a laptop, students can use their own devices when taking tests; thus, they can fill in their answers with the keyboard or touch pad they’re most accustomed to.
4) Bad handwriting shouldn’t effect their grade. Computer-based testing comes with the assurance that a student’s handwriting won’t influence their exam grades. They still have the responsibility of catching typos, but as long as their spelling is decent, teachers will be able to follow what they’re saying.
5) Benefit from embedded multimedia. Some students learn better visually. Students who better understand concepts with videos or photographs can now encounter those types of multimedia in the tests they take.
Students already use technology regularly in their personal lives, so it only makes sense for it to be a part of their higher education experience. With better testing, you can help improve student outcomes. Let us show you how.