Beyond the “Multiple Choice Culture”: Realizing Hybrid Exams with Tablet-PCs
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AbstractAbstract- The vast number of different types of examinations- together with the considerable broadness of scientific fields to be covered- presents a strong challenge for all academic institutions. So far, many eLearning environments offering electronic examination tools face a severe problem in their acceptance through the academic community since their evaluation methods are usually restricted to simple mechanisms such as multiple choice, short-answer, gap-filling exercises etc. Yet, at higher levels of education, examinations usually contain problems which require deep analytical thinking. Here, the answers are to be given by a freely phrased text, by a detailed diagram with annotations or by a (mathematical) proof with explanatory intermediate steps. Tablet PCs hold a large potential to overcome these problems: Their ability to deal with handwritten texts, sketches, diagrams, and pictures, enables a new type of “hybrid examinations”, combining the advantages of the new media with long-established and well proven examination procedures. Within this project, electronic examination environments are extended, enabling them to network and support both, “simple ” problems with automated validation and grading mechanisms as well as “complex ” problems with individual correction through a human expert. I.