Having previously piloted online exams with Inspera, and in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Bath are rolling out online examinations to all students at the University. In July 2020, the University of Bath entered into a two-year contract with Inspera with the option to renew the agreement for a consecutive period of 1+1 year. The project began in September 2020, with the University focusing on redesigned assessments while the requirements of remotely proctored examinations are being examined further. The full-scale online assessment project involves 20.000 students and covers onscreen authoring, delivering, marking, and in some instances handwritten responses.
A minimum viable product (MVP) is scheduled to be released in January 2021, before a full implementation plan is being rolled out. This has included integrating Inspera with the student records system (Tribal SITS). The University of Bath has a long-term strategy of digitizing all of its exams, and the partnership with Inspera is central to the University’s move towards full implementation of online assessment.
'Eventually, digital exams will become the norm. I think it will happen; the only question is when', as Lancaster concludes.
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