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Pedagogo S1-E3 Evaluating Digital Assessment Platforms

Episode 3 of the Pedagogo podcast provides some pointers for programs that find themselves in need of a digital assessment solution to support remote learning. Mark Spitzer, Associate Director of Client Solutions at ExamSoft, joins host Dr. Allison Case for a discussion of the main functions and benefits of a digital assessment platform. Mark defines a digital assessment solution as a “one-stop shop” for item banking and authoring, exam building and delivering, as well as reporting and analytics. When compared with LMS tools, dedicated assessment software is better suited for administering high-stakes assessments and offers exam features and security options that LMS tools don’t, including convenient scoring options, powerful reporting, and secure, offline testing.

A digital assessment solution can offer faculty ease of use and time savings, connection with major LMS systems, and features that allow flexibility in testing to accommodate institutions’ changing needs.

Exam integrity is of utmost importance when delivering remote assessment, and the proper security measures, like complete device control and remote proctoring, can help instructors make informed decisions based on exam data they can trust.

It is also important to seek a solution with robust item categorization options, as this data allows students to identify areas of improvement for future assessments and gives instructors a longitudinal view of student performance. Mark concludes by advising programs to consider digital assessment solutions that not only meets their immediate needs but also ensures sustainable assessments in the future.

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