Optimize Marking by Digitizing: The Case of Lithuania
As you may know, processing exams is hard. Logistical and organizational problems pop up all along the exam process.
Grading? Well, we could call it a nightmare. According to a study, in the US, teachers spend around 10 hours of extra work per week on grading. Only grading.
But you know that.
The NEC, the Lithuanian National Examinations Centre, knows that as well. This summer, the national organization decided to use e-marking tools on two subjects, Physique and IT, to try to solve the grading issue.
Results? They reduced the amount of time it took to grade by 60 percent. While previous exams took more than five weeks to grade, e-marking helped compress that in less than 2. In just four days, most of the Physics exams were marked.
Pretty effective then.
The case of NEC is one of many institutions that chose to partially or fully digitize their exam process via e-markers or e-Assessment tools.
Optimized exam processes mean optimizing time. It means more time to focus on learning, it means more time to multiply tests and get more data to balance the continuous improvement.
You know, time is precious.
Optimizing is great. Providing quality info WHILE optimizing time is even better. That's something e-Assessments can do and we are working on it. How so?
e-Assessment tools can go deeper than time optimization. Indeed, they are able to provide qualitative and quantitative data analytics in order to help manage continuous improvement and competences analysis for each course and programs. That's a pedagogic advantage.
Moreover, they can automatically organize data and make it simple to understand, something precious for accreditation managers who try to benchmark the evolution of an institution.
Indeed, according to our study, 83% of accreditation managers said that the hardest phase of an accreditation process was the implementation of processes and data communication.
We also found that more than 33% of accreditation managers needed a better educational technology tool to manage data and help them fluidize processes.
e-Assessment tools can make it possible for them.
Data organization and visualization are precious also for Academic directors and Deans who aim at validating or plannifying current and new innovative pedagogic strategies.
We verified it.
According to our same study (yes this one), 75% of them consider pedagogic innovation as their most important priority.
To conclude, there's a growing trend observable about e-Assessments. They are evolving from logistic issue solvers to optimizing tools that fully integrate exams into the learning process, an all-in-one-place management platform for continuous improvement.
So here we are at TestWe trying to make the e-Assessment evolve into a tool adapted to today's learning problems.