The University of Bern offers their lecturers the option to create, conduct and score, written on-site exams using digital tools. Two platforms are available for this purpose:
We strongly recommend that examiners allow sufficient time for the preparation of digital exams, especially before the first use, in order to familiarize themselves with the respective platform, to develop an appropriate concept for the exam, and to do a test run.
For information on ways to implement formative assessments, please refer to Teaching situations / Assess performances.
Pros and cons of digital exams
|Less work, especially with large groups||Require digital skills of the examiner|
|Quicker scoring and grading||More complex initial creation|
|Inclusion of media||More susceptible to cheating when conducted digitally|
|More varied question types (e.g. ordering question)||Risk of technical errors, backup plan necessary when conducted digitally|
|Easier switch to remote exams||Accessibility not always guaranteed|
|Automatic, detailed reporting|
evaexam vs. iliasEXAM
|evaexam (bubble sheet exams)||iliasEXAM|
|Suitability||Assessment of factual knowledge (closed book) with a high number of participants||Assessing competencies at higher taxonomy levels
Open book exams
Exams with media-based exam questions
|Available question types||Single choice
Long menu question
Essay question (open, open segmented)
Long menu question
|Structuring questions||Questions can be grouped||No questions groups|
Randomizing per version:
Randomizing per student:
|Access||evaexam (after requesting an account)||iliasEXAM|
|Registering the exam||-||Registration form
deadline: 14 days before the exam
|Creation of the exam||Digital||Digital|
|Conduction of the exam||On-site
|On-site or remote
Online ("bring your own device")
|Scoring of the exam||Automatic3||Automatic3|
1 Should be avoided due to potentially incorrect scoring. You can find more information on this here.
1 Through work arounds with other question types.
2 No automatic scoring for question types «Essay question» and «File upload».