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Digital exams can contribute to a better quality of education

By Televic

Televic Education researched trends in and willingness to conducting digital exams in Flemish education.

Since a couple of years, digitalisation has been having a strong impact on our everyday lives. Not only can our children no longer be distracted from their loved screen, but digital tools and platforms are also omnipresent in the professional work context. Education cannot be left behind in this respect. This school and academic year, too, new digital steps are being taken to help improve the lives of teachers and pupils. In recent years, digital exams or e-assessments have become more and more important in education. In recent years, digital exams or eassessment have become more and more important in education.

Is it true that digital exams are on the rise? And what is the status of pen and paper exams in the Flemish classroom at the moment? Which issues can digital exams solve for schools and universities? And why is it that that e-assessment has only taken baby steps at various educational institutions? Software company Televic Education* searched for an answer to these questions. They published the results of their survey in a report.

Paper is still omnipresent

This survey shows that digital examination has already made its appearance in most educational institutions, but is rather limited in use. In general, digital exams remain subsidiary to ‘traditional’ paper exams. It is remarkable that no less than 20% of all surveyed educational institutions still exclusively conducts their exams on paper, and therefore has not yet taken any steps towards digital examinations.

In the remaining 80%, a limited form of digital examination has already been introduced, but not a single school entrusts its examinations to a digital platform to maximum extent. Paper therefore remains omnipresent.

E-assessment and digital exams contribute to a better quality of education

Yet there is some movement in the educational landscape when it comes to exams. At no less than 76% of the surveyed educational institutions, digital exams are one of the topics included in the strategic policy. These schools and universities mainly stress the advantage of saving time while creating and marking exams, and assume that the time freed up can then be invested in the quality of education. Joris Vanholme, Business Development Manager at Televic Education, confirms that this assumption is correct: “The time and insights that digital exams provide can be put to good use in the search for solutions to the challenges in education. After all, teachers, lecturers or professors cannot use the time they spend improving their course or their teaching approach, or enter entering into a dialogue with their students, … . I therefore strongly believe that, with the introduction of digital examination, the teacher will not have to work longer or more, but will be able to fill in their time more efficiently.”

“A unique opportunity to benchmark educational institutions”

Through numerous conversations in the context of, but also outside of this research, Televic Education gained more insight into the needs, wishes, practices and perceptions concerning digital exams in Flemish education. General Manager Stijn De Vleesschouwer: “Televic Educations can only make the right decisions in the further development of its e-assessment platform if it knows the needs and wishes of educational institutions. Our experience shows that the co-creation process, in which we involve our customers as much as possible in design decisions before we develop a feature, always leads to great added value for our customers. This research fits in perfectly with that process and offers educational institutions a unique opportunity to benchmark themselves.” For example, the study shows that as many as 70.4% of the surveyed educational institutions wants to invest in (new) e-assessment software in the future. One third of these schools and universities will already do so in 2019-2020.

The full report can be found in Dutch on the Televic Education website.

More information:
Stijn De Vleeschhouwer – General Manager, Televic Education s.devleeschhouwer@televic.com – +32 495 58 48 54
Joris Vanholme – Business Development Manager, Televic Education j.vanholme@televic.com – +32 476 86 47 35

More information about our digital exam solution at VIVES University of Applied Sciences (EN): https://www.televic-education.com/en/references/vives-university-applied-sciences.

*Televic Education
Televic Education, owned by Lieven Danneels and Thomas Verstraeten and headquartered in Izegem, was founded in 1956 as part of the Televic Group. Televic Education is a world leader in the development and implementation of science-based educational solutions. More information on www.televic-education.com