At the moment, the renovation of the exam halls B306 and B310 is underway. These rooms are being equipped with a total of 94 digital writing seats. Additionally, two group rooms, B311B and B311C, are being equipped with two seats each and are primarily intended for students in need of exam accommodation. A separate accessible toilet is also being built in the room. The renovation is planned to be completed in early March, and we hope to conduct the first exam in week 11.
The project has been granted additional funds to further increase the number of digital writing seats through laptops. This is done to meet the demand for digital exams in the organisation. The work to install the laptops is planned to begin in the spring and be in full operation by the fall of 2024.
Since June 2023, several digital exams have been conducted in Inspera. The number of exams has been limited by the availability of digital seats in our renovated halls. There are now a total of 56 digital writing seats distributed as follows: B104 = 45 seats, B111 and B134 = 6 seats each. The smaller rooms are primarily intended for students in need of exam accommodation but can also be used to supplement the larger room if more seats are needed.
After the first exams in June, we conducted a student survey. It showed that students were generally satisfied with both the Inspera system, the new hall, and the procedures for digital exams. Some students felt that the room was cramped and that it was easy to see other students' computer screens. Based on this feedback, we have rearranged the room and taken the need for different furnishing into account in the planning of the next hall.
Teachers are also satisfied with the entire process. They have saved time by being able to decipher students' answers (compared to poor handwriting before) through some automatic grading and automatic feedback to Ladok. On the negative side, several teachers believe that the learning curve for Inspera is slightly higher than they initially thought; it is not as intuitive as they would have liked. They found that the Canvas training provided was a good support.
Teachers participating in digital exam pilots so far is:
Thomas Lundqvist and Andreas de Blanche, IV
Celia Aijmer Rydsjö, IoS
Kristina Furubacke, IV
Mats Lejon, IV
Karin Svensson, EI
Marie Jansson Ögren, IoS
Mathias Zannakis, IoS
Dragana Milesic Karsson, IH
Ylva Johansson, EI
Helen Holmgren and Annika Larsson, EI
Pilot study 2019: In 2019, the university conducted a pilot study with digital exams in which a number of conditions were identified. The experiences from the pilot are incorporated into this implementation project.
System support 2022: Inspera is the system purchased for digital classroom exams. The system is procured via SUNET and is used by 22 other higher education institutions in Sweden, all institutions in Norway, and in several other places around the world.