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Dutch University expects sharp rise in use of on-screen exams

Dutch University expects sharp rise in use of on-screen exams

Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands has released figures showing extensive use of on-screen examinations, with over 1,000 exams produces last year alone, resulting in over 47,000 individual sittings. They expect this number to rise by an impressive 28% to over 60,000 in the next year as more staff are introduced to the system.

The Dutch University has a long history of using edtech to enhance learning, and in particular using technology to improve the process of creating, delivering and analysing assessments. Representing over 55 nationalities across their various campus locations, this truly is a modern benchmark in global standards of higher education.

During a recently released case study video, staff from the university talked about the fears of migration to a new assessment system, and how this was countered by the huge benefits in scalability of delivery and the working relationship developed with their new provider. One member of the faculty stated that on-screen testing was used in a variety of subjects from each individual school associated with the university.

In addition to conducting summative examinations, faculty staff are also keen to start using their assessment software for formative testing, something which they believe helps their students by guiding their study and working out which topics require further attention.

Collaboration with other universities 

According to the case study, Saxion have around 500 staff registered as users in their current assessment platform, but in reality there are many more people involved in the assessment process. In particular, according to the interviewees, there is now an ongoing project for lecturers from different universities across the Netherlands to come together in niche subject areas (for example, forensic science) and create collaborative item banks that can be used to deliver examinations across the country.

It’s this shared approach to working that will help Saxion and other Dutch universities to stay ahead of the curve, and likewise it is their dedication to developing better assessments that will benefit future generations and how they learn.



To find out more about how Saxion University is scaling up its e-assessment delivery and more, watch the full case study at Saxion University in the Netherlands share their benefits from using an end-to-end assessment platform

Disclosure – This news release was produced independently by BTL using the information available in the associated case study and public information available on the Saxion University website. All figures are correct at the time of writing. Saxion University were not involved in creating this article.

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