SOC turns to Digital Exams2 min read
Examination tablets were introduced at School of Communication, Manipal University, replacing years of practice of writing exams on paper. The first year students wrote their sessionals using custom-made tablets.
The exam pads have a special surface which provides writing experience similar to writing on paper. The surface reduces glare and the limited viewing angle deters students from copying. The tablet provides features like redo, undo, cut, copy, rough note, etc. which help students write exams effectively. Other characteristics of the tab include ergonomic palm rest, zero data loss, availability of ruled and unruled pages, camera, microphone and fingerprint scanner. PPYRUS, the company that is making these tablets, says that use of these tablets makes exams transparent which keeps students stress free. Once submitted, the answers are saved on cloud. Teachers then get answers from cloud to their laptops from where they digitally evaluate the answers which are then stored on cloud.
This development received mixed reviews with few students complaining about their handwriting becoming worse because the tablets are uncomfortable to write on, but, the teachers say that students don’t have an option and should get used to it. “I did not like the idea initially, but using it was fun. It has some really good features like in-built stationery which means we don’t have to carry stationery during exams. Plus, now I’ve got an excuse for my bad handwriting. On the other hand, the limited viewing angle does not let you peep onto others’ answers. Also, it does not give us extra time to write”, said Mahalakshmi R, a first year student of SOC.
This move towards holding digital exams is a step taken to save the deteriorating environment. “It is an initiative by Manipal University to save the environment by reducing paper work”, says Nandini Lakshmikantha, Director, SOC.
The first digital exam which was conducted in 2013 in TNAU, Chennai satisfied the students and teachers which made PPYRUS expand the use. Over 17 institutions all over India are currently using these tablets and SOC, by accepting PPYRUS’s proposal, shook hands with these institutions in conserving the environment.
Edited by Manasi Susarla