Implementing e-assessment in Singapore: The student experience.

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Implementing e-assessment in Singapore: The student experience.

Cambridge International Examinations and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board are working together to study the impact of high-stakes e assessment in schools. Current best-practice places importance on ensuring that the student viewpoint is adequately considered during the introduction of new technology into educational processes. In 2011, six Singapore schools piloted a computer-based Physics test. During the pilot, we sought to gain valuable insights into the student experience of the computer-based test.This paper reports on three aspects of implementing a high-stakes computer-based test: the student experience of e-assessment, how the computer-based test performed as an assessment instrument and the administrative demands of running a computer-based test. The research used a mixed methods approach, using qualitative techniques to analyse feedback from students and examiners, and combining these with some quantitative analysis of item-level test statistics.The results of this study show that students as ‘,digital natives’, can provide very insightful feedback on technology initiatives, the outcomes have implications for test development, student preparation and the design of the computer-based interface. The outcomes of this research are valuable to organisations seeking to implement e-assessment and the study provides a focus on the student viewpoint of the impact of technology in examinations.KeywordsAssessment, Technology, Computer-based Tests, Student Viewpoint, Secondary Education, Examinations, Singapore, Physics

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