Monday, October 5, 2009
Exams on PC?
Think about that last big report, academic paper, or letter that you wrote, and it's likely that it all happened on a keyboard and screen, not on paper. And the younger you are, the less likely you hand-write much these days - except for exams! We still expect our students to do something very unnatural when it comes time to sit an exam - up to three hours of handwriting. But that looks like changing...
The NSW Board of Studies has indicated that, by 2012, computers will be used in exams. This gives us three years to work out some of the complex issues that are inevitable with such a change - cheating, collusion, and invigilation to name a few.
So, is this a good idea, or do you mourn the loss of an important skill - the ability to use a traditional writing implement? What do you think?
Posted by Wags on Monday, October 05, 2009