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It should be secure so that the students are isolated from the internet and thus the risk of plagiarism is reduced.
The software should be reliable enough to be able to adapt to unforeseen technical difficulties, such as internet failure or the breakdown of a student device.
The platform should work securely on all the different student devices.
It should be user-friendly and therefore easy to implement and introduce to both staff and students.
It should be competitively priced.
Exam.net not only fulfilled the committee’s requirements but was also the most secure and reliable platform and by far the best value for money.
Once Exam.net was chosen, the task then remained to implement it within the schools and introduce it to both staff and students. This proved to be a remarkably easy process from an administration perspective, with no need for time-consuming workshops or training sessions. Even staff who are less proficient in IT have adapted very quickly to using Exam.net.
The students feel very comfortable using Exam.net, especially since they are able to use their own device without fear of compatibility issues. They have also appreciated the calm examination experience, with disruptions limited by the use of the chat function, whereby a student can communicate directly with the teacher inside the exam window. Students with writing challenges have also benefited from the various accommodations available in the exam window, for example, spelling and translation support.
The short time window for teachers to complete the marking of the final examinations has always been a busy time. The introduction of Exam.net has meant that the whole process can be handled digitally.
In particular, the staff have noticed the following time-saving aspects of using Exam.net:
Student work can be sent digitally between teachers for collaborative marking.
Teachers can sit remotely when marking exams, rather than around a paper-filled table.
Student work can be sent digitally to an external moderator, instead of in the post.
In addition, the following features of Exam.net have been an added bonus for the whole process:
Typed texts mean that illegible student handwriting is no longer an issue.
If plagiarism is suspected, the text-development history can be seen in Exam.net.
Örnsköldsviks Gymnasium is a large high school in the municipality of Örnsköldsvik in the north of Sweden. Kristina Renlund and Magnus Wallberg are two teachers who have been working at the school for many years, both of whom became Exam.net users more than five years ago for very different reasons.Read story