Online Learning Update

July 27, 2012

Online Learning: Offline Testing Through iPads

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

By Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology

ExamSoft, which offers a Web-based service for secure exam administration, will be launching a mobile application for offline test-taking on iPads later this year. The new app will eliminate the need for an Internet connection, the company said in a statement, and block network access during the exam. Test-takers will be able to use their own devices to take the exams created and delivered through Flex-Site, the company’s suite of test design, delivery, scoring, and reporting modules. The use of the company’s technology already lets schools test students on laptops, desktops, and Scantron forms. The offline nature of the new service may prove pivotal. As more devices show up in college classrooms, wireless connectivity is often strained, sometimes preventing students from achieving the access they need during class, which can turn out to be a dire problem when those students are taking tests.

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