Exploring a solution for secured high stake tests on students' personal devices

L.W. van Meeuwen, F.P. Verhagen, P.J. den Brok

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    Abstract

    Digital testing requires software and hardware. A hardware option is to establish dedicated test halls. As an alternative, this paper describes a setup and first experiences of a pilot run on a proof of concept, to answer the questions: which conditions are needed to create a secure solution for high stake assessments via students’ personal devices (e.g., notebook from students)?

    To answer this question, a proof of concept was run based on an outline of a Secure Test Environment Protocol (STEP). This STEP was based on three shells of security: Prevention, Detection and Reaction. Prevention concerns the technical solutions to prevent the use of unauthorized sources during tests. Detection concerns the risks (i.e., chance and impact) and the possibilities to detect unauthorized behavior and security issues. Reaction gives insight in requirements needed for an organization when students’ personal notebook are being used in taking high stake tests.

    The preliminary conclusion from the proof of concept is that it is possible to use students’ personal notebook in secured high stake tests if a STEP - comprising three shells of security - has been implemented. Suggestions for further development are given.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationTechnology Enhanced Assessment 19th International Conference 2016
    EditorsD. Joosten-ten Brinke, M. Laanpere
    Place of PublicationHouten
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages171-180
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Print)978-3319577432
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2017
    Event19th International Conference on Technology Enhanced Assessment, TEA 2016, Tallinn, Estonia, October 5-6, 2016 - Tallinn, Estonia
    Duration: 5 Oct 20166 Oct 2016

    Publication series

    NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
    PublisherSpringer
    Volume653
    ISSN (Print)1865-0929
    ISSN (Electronic)1865-0929

    Conference

    Conference19th International Conference on Technology Enhanced Assessment, TEA 2016, Tallinn, Estonia, October 5-6, 2016
    Abbreviated titleTEA2016
    Country/TerritoryEstonia
    CityTallinn
    Period5/10/166/10/16

    Keywords

    • Bring your own device
    • Controlling students’ personal notebooks
    • Secure test environment protocol
    • Security in digital tests

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