Edith Cowan University
Transitions to Online Exam Alternatives with Cadmus

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“Cadmus allowed us to stay true to the intended learning outcomes, and provide a higher degree of authenticity and scaffolding to students than alternative tools and approaches would allow.“

Like many universities, 2020 forced ECU to quickly implement a fully remote alternative to invigilated exams. While proctoring was briefly considered, without any testing at scale, ECU was not confident in an institution-wide rollout. Instead, the university wanted to provide a solution that assessed student progress and learning outcomes, while taking a holistic approach to academic integrity. Making an active decision to move away from ‘exams’, ECU used Cadmus to deliver online 'alternative assessment' across ten faculties and schools. The success of Cadmus was evidenced by an exceptionally high student experience score (89%) during an otherwise challenging year. Response from academics and faculty was equally positive, with many subjects continuing to use Cadmus for exam alternatives instead of traditional invigilated exams.

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Located in Western Australia, Edith Cowan University (ECU) is a large, multi-campus institution with a diverse cohort of over 30,000 students. The university has a strong commitment to teaching excellence and student support, evidenced by its 5-star teaching quality rating (Good Universities Guide, last 14 years) and rankings in the Top 100 Young Universities (Times Higher Education).

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Professor Rowena Harper

Director of the centre for learning & teaching

Edith Cowan University

Rapid adoption and an incredible student experience through COVID-19






positive student experience

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