BetterExaminations

BetterExaminations Implementation Project 

As part of UWindsor’s response to the COVID-19 pandemicour online learning technologies were reviewed and some areas were identified where additional investment and tools would better support instructors in their move online. Managing online assessment was one of those areas where extension of the existing tools in Blackboard was needed to help ensure pedagogically sound and reliable assessment. To address this, the University is in the process of piloting the BetterExaminations assessment management system to support instructors in developing high-quality online assessments.  

Getting Started - BetterExaminations Pressbook

To access a one-stop online resource that you can browse like a book or download to print, please visit the University of Windsor's BetterExaminations PressBook. This resource will open in a new window.  Instructions on how to view the book are contained in the initial section.  There are also helpful short videos on creating an exam, grading and releasing results and how to create questions contained in the PressBook.

Project updates 

This page will provide regular updates on the progress of the BetterExaminations project, along with FAQs and guides to using the tool. The project is currently in the early stages of implementation, and a pilot project will get underway for the W2022 semester.  Keep monitoring this page for updates.  If you are interested in participating in the pilot project please email ooltech@uwindsor.ca

What is BetterExaminations 

BetterExaminations is a cloud-based system designed to help institutions manage their online assessment practices. It is a comprehensive end-to-end assessment management platform that helps universities easily and securely create, approve, manage, and deliver online exams and e-assessment.  

For instructors and students, it provides a modern, accessible, easy to use interface that works across virtually all devices and operating systems, which has been integrated into BlackboardIt provides instructors with the ability to create large question banks for exams, and associated grading rubricsThe BetterExaminations platform has over 50 question types available (most of which can be auto-marked), including specialist question types for mathematics and chemistry, as well as audio and video response questionsIt also offers the ability to provide rich feedback to students on their performance. This powerful system will give instructors many more options than they currently have for creating online exams, and because it is cloud-based, it is highly scalable and reliable. Strategically, many institutions are also looking to solutions like BetterExaminations to deliver paperless exams in on-campus settings, saving time and money on printing and distribution of exams, marking, and increasing security. 

F.A.Q

Ongoing training and online documentation will be available for faculty wanting to use the system. Workshops will be available through the Office Of Open Learning workshop database, so check often for the latest events: https://ctl2.uwindsor.ca/openlearning/workshops/24/ .  You can also reach out to ooltech@uwindsor.ca with any specific questions.

You can find full support documentation for BetterExaminations at: https://docs.betterexaminations.com/  Also available, is the Getting Started with BetterExaminations at UWindsor PressBook which is able to be viewed online or downloaded in multiple formats (note clicking link will open a new window).

There are approximately 50 question types currently available to instructors, with more being regularly added. A list of all question types can be found here: https://docs.betterexaminations.com/articles/better-examinations-online/academic-staff/creating-questions/list-of-all-question-types/

Instructors and students will primarily access the system through its integration with Blackboard. For instructors, after an exam has been created in BetterExaminations, it will appear as a content type option that needs to be added into any Content Area in a Bb site. Initiate the course to BetterExaminations through Course Tools -> BetterExaminations.  Once the course has been initiated through Blackboard, students will be synchronized to BetterExaminations and instructors can start creating or marking exams. For the pilot project for W2022, instructors who are interested should reach out to ooltech@uwindsor.ca for further support and plan on practising in their Blackboard Sandbox prior to releasing an exam to students.

BetterExaminations is an Irish company based in Dublin and is part of the Terminalfour Group

BetterExaminations is hosted in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. For Canadian customers, data will be stored in AWS Canada’s Montreal data centre. BetterExaminations, as part of the Terminalfour Group, is the only eAssessment solution in the world to meet the AWS Well-Architected Standards, based on the Education & Public Sector Competency evaluation criteria. They are an AWS Advanced Partner and meet ISO Standards in Information Security Management (ISO 27001) and Quality Management (ISO 9001). As BetterExaminations is based in the EU, they are subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires very strict privacy and data protection compliance. 

BetterExaminations is currently in the pilot project phase for W2022.  Instructors wishing to participate should reach out to ooltech@uwindsor.ca for more information. 

Online exam invigilation can take many forms. The BetterExaminations platform provides an optional service that includes access to multiple forms of invigilation, from identity verification, to device lockdown, and automated proctoring. However, currently, the exam invigilation is not available and this page will be updated when that changes.

The BetterExaminations platform is WCAG 2.1AA compliant and is accessible on PC, Mac, and mobile devices.