Spurred by the rapid digitalisation of the education sector, especially during the pandemic in recent years, educational institutions needed to rethink how they assessed students. Many universities and education bodies quickly moved their physical assessments to digital, thanks to the digital tools and services available.
As part of the transition to a digital assessment system, institutions had to weigh assessment rigour and security against what was feasible and fair. Several universities that already had long-term digital assessment strategies were able to accelerate their digital assessment journeys due to the rapid development of scaled-up technology platforms
Digitising assessments is the first step in a new strategy to rethink the function of evaluations. Many of the institutions Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) works with have already begun permanently digitising student assessments as the first step toward making long-term strategic decisions and changes.
Educational institutions can now spend less time preparing for, observing, and monitoring traditional in-person exams because of the flexible alternatives offered by digital assessments. By freeing up time spent on manual duties, many new platforms enable teachers and professors to focus on the difficulties of analysing open-ended responses and creating unique and creative learning possibilities and solutions.
Assessments are a crucial part of the education process and can help drive improvement, shape behaviours, and demonstrate accountability. A digital assessment approach better reflects how most students now complete productive work and provides a platform for delivering a boundaryless assessment experience.
With multiple authentication and encryption mechanisms built into the data and content security infrastructure, digital assessment solutions pre-empt any security breach and only allow authorised access.
The educational process must encourage students to develop independent and self-directed learning skills by moving away from scheduled examinations and toward ongoing, personalised evaluations enabled by digital assessment tools. This strategy also opens up the possibility of using analytics, allowing students and professors to analyse their data and gain access to various tools that aid their research, thereby improving the management of the teaching and evaluation process.
Educational institutions can now spend less time preparing for, observing, and monitoring traditional in-person exams because of the flexible alternatives offered by digital assessments.