Abstract

For the past five years we have been operating a Computer-Based Testing Facility (CBTF) as the primary means of summative assessment in large-enrollment STEM-oriented classes. In each of the last three semesters, it has proctored over 50,000 exams for over 6,000 unique students in 25–30 classes. Our CBTF has simultaneously improved the quality of assessment, allowed the testing of computational skills, and reduced the recurring burden of performing assessment in a broad collection of STEM-oriented classes, but it does require an up-front investment to develop the digital exam content. We have found our CBTF to be secure, cost-effective, and well liked by our faculty, who choose to use it semester after semester. We believe that there are many institutions that would similarly benefit from having a Computer-Based Testing Facility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
EditorsH. Lane, Susan Zvacek, James Uhomoibhi
PublisherSciTePress
Pages414-420
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9789897583674
DOIs
StatePublished - 2019
Event11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2019 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: May 2 2019May 4 2019

Publication series

NameCSEDU 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Volume1

Conference

Conference11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2019
CountryGreece
CityHeraklion, Crete
Period5/2/195/4/19

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Computer
  • Exams
  • Frequent Testing
  • Higher Education
  • Second-chance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications

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    Zilles, C., West, M., Herman, G., & Bretl, T. (2019). Every university should have a computer-based testing facility. In H. Lane, S. Zvacek, & J. Uhomoibhi (Eds.), CSEDU 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education (pp. 414-420). (CSEDU 2019 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Computer Supported Education; Vol. 1). SciTePress. https://doi.org/10.5220/0007753304140420