Remote electronic examinations: student experiences

Thomas, Pete; Price, Blaine; Paine, Carina and Richards, Michael (2002). Remote electronic examinations: student experiences. British Journal of Educational Technology, 33(5) pp. 537–549.



This paper presents the findings from a small–scale experiment investigating the presentation of a synchronous remote electronic examination. It discusses the students’ experiences of taking such an examination. The study confirms that the majority of participants found the experience at least as good as a conventional written examination. In addition, typing answers does not prevent students from producing answers in the time available. However, the pressure of time continues to be a major cause of anxiety for students. The paper discusses technical issues, particularly those related to the loss of communications during the 3–hour duration of the exam. Although software processes were available to save and restore students’ answers throughout the examination, problems still occurred and more robust software is required.

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