Electronic exam offers opportunities for collaboration and flexibility in Finnish higher education institutes
Abstract: The HEIs in Finland have more than 10 years of experience in large-scale use of electronic examination. It is a common practice that students can book exam times flexibly according to their personal schedule and are able to spread the exams throughout the academic year. Currently the Finnish HEIs (EXAM consortium of 27 Finnish universities and universities of applied science) are taking one step further in advancing the flexibility of examination for the students. EXAM service supports an arrangement, where a student can take an exam of the “home institution” using the exam room of their nearest HEI, as so-called exam visit. Other new feature are joint exams, which offer mutual platform for two or more HEIs to arrange the examination together. All parties use their own EXAM-system but handle the same exam throughout the examination process. The latest development has brought up BYOD-examination, which moves the exams out of the aquarium-type exam rooms, for the examiner to arrange and supervise them wherever they see fitted. First two pilots have been running during 2019 and this BYOD-examination is piloted during 2020. This paper will present the first results and the experiences of the institutions involved.