4 Ways Mobile Computing Has Affected Student Assessment

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Mobile technology has made taking, grading, and keeping track of assessments easier than ever.

Mobile learning is the future. As mobile adoption around the globe continues to grow, and mobile computing becomes increasingly pervasive, more learners of all ages are gaining unprecedented access to learning on different devices.

According to media agency Zenith’s Mobile Advertising Forecast report, mobile devices will account for 79% of global Internet traffic by 2018, and Ambient Insight has projected that the mobile learning market will hit $14.5 billion by 2019, an increase from $8.4 billion in 2014.

But ubiquitous mobile access isn’t just changing how, when and where, learners are accessing learning materials, it’s also affecting how learning is assessed. Here are four examples how:

Access assessments anywhere and anytime

Mobile computing is allowing learners to use apps and mobile optimized platforms to access assessments such as quizzes and assignments, which they can submit and edit on-the-go.

Mobile computing also allows teachers to facilitate faster, more constructive and engaging assessment feedback loops, through apps that enable them to conduct reviews and grade assessments on-the-go. This lets learners quickly and easily reflect upon and incorporate instructor feedback.

Flexible and secure identification

Biometric technologies—fingerprint scans, voice recordings, facial recognition, or even iris scans—are increasingly being baked into mobile devices and apps. They’re giving learners all sorts of options when it comes to verifying their identity for online exams or even when handing in assignments online. Now they don’t have to be tied to their desktop computers.

“Students should have the flexibility to be identified in a way that works for them, and if they have their mobile phone by their side, they can certainly use that as an alternative to more traditional identification methods,” says Michael London, President and Chief Executive Officer of online proctoring company Examity, a D2L partner.

Such capabilities also offer an added level of security—you can’t fake a fingerprint or an eye scan—so learners can feel confident about assessments without having to worry about undue stress resulting from the identity authentication process.

Formative and self-assessments anytime and anywhere

The greater ability to leverage video recording capabilities on mobile devices for “face-to-face” instruction has created more opportunity for facilitating regular formative assessment, as well as self-assessment. Learners can record themselves performing an assessment, or their reflections on their performance of an assessment or a learning experience at any time and place, and upload that recording to an app. Instructors, as well as learners’ peers, can similarly upload video to provide regular feedback on learner performance and self-assessments.

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Better assessment prep and performance tracking

These days mobile apps and platforms are giving students the ability to better keep track of updates like exam times and grades. With the ability to keep track and be reminded of upcoming tests and assignments, students can effectively prioritize workloads so they can better prepare. And with apps that allow them to track things like grades and other important milestones, mobile computing is allowing students to have a more holistic view of their performance over time.

Check out Examity’s Fusion 2017 Lightening Round presentation, Assessment Scalability While Maintaining Data Integrity with Randy Grosberg, on Wednesday, July 19 at 11:30 PST. You can also stop by and visit them at booth 301. It’s not too late to punch your ticket to Fusion! Click here to register.

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