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Effective web videoconferencing for proctoring online oral exams: a case study at scale in Brazil

Okada, Alexandra; Scott, Peter and Mendonca, Murilo (2015). Effective web videoconferencing for proctoring online oral exams: a case study at scale in Brazil. Open Praxis International Journal, 7(3) pp. 227–242.

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Abstract

The challenging of assessing formal and informal online learning at scale includes various issues. Many universities who are now promoting “Massive Online Open Courses” (MOOC), for instance, focus on relatively informal assessment of participant competence, which is not highly ‘quality assured’. This paper reports best practices on the use of a web videoconferencing application to quality control student assignments through online oral examination at scale. In this case study, we examine the use of a simple online conferencing technology FlashMeeting (FM) by a Brazilian University to provide ‘quality assurance’ in the assessment of twelve online postgraduate courses in Law for 20,000 students. Our research questions investigate the benefits and recommendations of using FM in online oral exams at scale. Our qualitative and quantitative data analysis centres on 3,462 short format interviews through FM conducted for this purpose by a group of around fifty assessors from September 2008 to September 2012. The effective use of FM provided evidence with respect to high quality assurance recognised by the Institution with respect to: students’ identity, their knowledge and ownership of written work. The key benefits identified from the perspective of assessors and students were: reliable examination, credible technology, authentic assessment, interactive e-Viva, low cost, scalable process and practical testing in terms of time, effort and money.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2015 The Authors
ISSN: 2304-070X
Keywords: assessment at scale; quality assurance; videoconferencing; Massive Online Open Courses; higher education; oral online exams; e-viva
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Knowledge Media Institute (KMi)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Item ID: 44033
Depositing User: Kay Dave
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2015 10:51
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2016 06:08
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/44033
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