With COVID-19 forcing universities and educators to rethink how we deliver courses and exams, we caught up with Deakin University Lecturer, Ross Monaghan, to discuss exam alternatives in Cadmus. As part of Deakin's Exam Innovation project, Ross used Cadmus to create an online alternative to an invigilated assessment. He shared his experience and advice for teachers considering using Cadmus for the upcoming exam period.
Ross: I found Cadmus very easy to use — I think it's an ideal platform to assist in this situation. It integrates well with our LMS, so academics could almost "cut and paste" exam material into Cadmus. And the added academic integrity assurances provided by Cadmus are incredibly beneficial to academics.
Ross: From my experience, there was minimal impact on workload. Marking is easy via the integration with Turnitin's Feedback Studio, and Cadmus gives you the ability to keep track of multiple markers. And sessional teaching staff would require minimal training, in fact even just a short email. I think it's important to note that students loved the experience as well — it's a clean and easy to use interface.
Ross: It'll be a great alternative to exams, particularly for essay questions or long written answers. I think it would work well for short answers or a mix of long and short answer questions. It's not for all assessments though — it probably won't be suitable if you need students to draw diagrams, or if you have multiple-choice questions.
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Within Cadmus, educators have access to real-time analytics, monitoring the process of students’ development of an assessment rather than trying to catch AI-generated content upon submission.
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