SABARISH

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

OPEN BOOK EXAMINATION, ONLINE EXAMINATION, SEMESTER SYSTEM- REFORMS IN EXAMINATION

REFORMS IN EXAMINATION-SEMESTER SYSTEM, OPEN BOOK EXAMINATION, ONLINE EXAMINATION

Prepared by
SABARISH-P
M.Sc., M.Ed., JRF & NET
Assistant Professor in Physical Science, Arafa Institute for Teacher Education
Attur, Thrissur.

The major reforms in Examination that the present systems of education in India/Kerala are
•Semester System
•Open Book Examination
•Online Examination

Semester System
•Whole academic year is divided in to two halves
•Final examinations are held twice a year
•Continuous assessment of student’s performance
•Increased rapport between teachers and students
•Great dependency on tutorials, projects, assignments etc
Demerits
•Learning is made in to Piecemeal
•Lacks continuity
•Administrative burden
•Increasing number of examination
•Not economic

Open Book Examination
•Allowed to bring their text books, notes and other reference materials or to access recourses and references during examination
•It may also include assigning standard set of teaching materials and examination questions before the examination so that students may prepare in advance
•It permits take home examinations without take help from others
Merits
•Less demanding on memory
•Examination becomes a learning process
•Verifies ability to retrieve information
•Enhance the comprehension and synthesizing skills
•It reduces examination anxiety
•Permits higher order questions
Demerits
•Difficult to ensure equitable recourses for all students
•Libraries usually possess few copies of the same book
•More space is needed during examinations
•Students are unfamiliar with the exam
•Clear procedures and rules are still evolving

Online Examination
•New technique of conducting examination by using internet which facilitate the conduct of examination without face to face conduct between the examinee and examiner.
•At the same time permitting the record of the examinees' response instantaneously
Example: SBI Clerical grade exam conducting on July-August 2014
Merits
•Scoring speed
•Reduces travelling
•Reduces the chance of copying
•Can use multiple set questions
•Easier, time saving and comfortable
•Timing can be need flexible
•Minimum employ requirement
Demerits
•Good broadband facility needed
•Students acquaintance and speed on the key board is a limiting factor
•Easy manipulations or malpractices
Need of Technical Knowledge
Electricity/Power failure problems.

•Risk of losing what has been recorded