Online Exams : An Assessment For Measuring A Test Taker 's Knowledge, Skill, Aptitude, Or Classification

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An examination is an assessment for measuring a test-taker’s knowledge, skill, aptitude, or classification in many other topics [Ikwueze, 2014]. In the educational fields, examinations play a significant role for helping instructors understand to what extent their students grasp some knowledge, so as to facilitate the instructors to tweak their teaching and further improve their students’ learning.
Paper-based examinations are inconvenient for instructors to implement in the distance learning area, and they are also difficult for the students to get the instant feedback. In addition, assessing paper-based answer sheets by hand is time-consuming and inefficient. Although there is a big concern about the cheating at online examination, online examinations are beneficial for paper saving and much convenient for the distant learners, as well as the instructors.
Most online assessments are used for quizzes and assignments. In many cases, the online assessment is conducted in an institutional learning management systems (LMSs) such as BlackBoard, WebCT, Moodle and Sakai. These online assessment modules in LMSs can help instructors create some simple online quizzes or tests, but the question types are limited and it is hard to integrate the multimedia elements for presenting the questions into these quizzes or tests. Some other commercial software systems like ClassMarker and Proprofs, provide a good solution for online quizzes and tests, but the online test functionalities are…

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