Tuesday, 5 May 2009

5. Examining the way forward, with Norwegian computers

Have you ever considered how students will be taking exams in say ten years time? Well, according to the BBC report, Norway is giving us a glimpse of what lies ahead. Basically they are giving every 16-19 year old their own laptop computer, which they can then use in exams. These come loaded with standard software, and can be used at all times by the students.

However, during exam times, some "anti-cheating" software clicks in to stop people using "outside" help. (It is based on watching every keystroke used, software accessed and website visited.) They talk about the advantages of using systems the students are familiar with. However, there is not mention of assistive technology that would be useful for the dyslexic student.

BBC Report on Norwegian experiment

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