Multiple Choice is written for educators who are leading the way in building secure online learning and testing environments at schools and universities across North America. The blog is written by staff and friends of Software Secure, developer of technology that secures the computing environment from cheating and digital distractions.
We are in the midst of rolling out our new integrated blended-learning medical curriculum to students doing their clinical rotations at two remote hospitals. This means delivering high-stakes online exams to small groups of students overseen by non-technical clerkship coordinators, some two states away. After many false starts and hours of training and handholding, we delivered six exams over two sites today.
Students accessed these Blackboard exams using Secure Exam browser, as they had for 45 previous exams during the pre-clinical years. For most of them, these determine whether they pass a clerkship. Very high stakes.
There were editing errors in one clerkship exam which prompted the clerkship director to want to restart the exam. He offered the students last year's version -- which was on paper. The students turned him down and waited for a new electronic exam. He was astounded. "They tell me they don't take paper exams."
Software Secure will be participating in two events with clients over the next week.
Tomorrow, April 27th, we will be attending the Be Security Conscious Fair at Bridgewater State College in Bridgewater, Mass. The event is hosted by the College's Be Security Conscious (BSC) group, which works to educate students, faculty and staff on safe computing practices.
A number of the College's vendors will have displays in the showcase including Dell, Sophos and of course, Software Secure. It sounds like a great, fun way to get the word out to faculty and students about the security options avaiable at Bridgewater State, and we are looking forward to it.
Next Tuesday, May 3rd, Director of Client Services Ted Tyson and client Bonnie Hatch from Roger Williams University will be presenting at the NERCOMP Blackboard User Group SIG at Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
We plan to post the presentation afterward, but here's a preview:
Secure Testing with Blackboard:As the use of Blackboard becomes yet more entrenched, the need for security in and out of the classroom to control the possibility of digital cheating during online examinations is becoming a top priority.
Roger Williams Univesity has demonstrated effective use of Software Secure's Securexam Browser to make exam timeless stressful for students, faculty and administrators. Students can now use computers to take exams with Blackboard without the temptation or possibility of cheating. Faculty members are happy because they can get the benefits of multiple-choice Blackboard tests while preserving exam integrity.