ExamSoft Worldwide, a leader in secure, easy, and reliable computer-based testing software, today announced its plans to release the first known mobile application for secure, offline exam delivery on the iPad. By eliminating the need for an Internet connection and blocking network access during exams, the new application solves the reliability issues often associated with wireless network dependency.
"We're finding that iPads are ideal for increasing student engagement, collaboration, and developing competencies in specific disciplines," said Stuart Glogoff, Senior Consultant, The Office of Instruction and Assessment, University of Arizona
According to a Harris Interactive study, tablet ownership among college students has tripled in the past year with a majority of students using the WiFi-based iPad. This is a trend Eric Ermie, program manager for testing and evaluation at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, says can be a challenge to support, due to the increasing demand on campus network resources.
“Students are carrying multiple WiFi enabled devices on campus, and they expect to be able to use this technology seamlessly in the classroom,” said Ermie. “However, we’ve learned that even the most advanced wireless infrastructure can’t promise 100 percent reliability, let alone consistent, rapid performance, and that’s just not acceptable when delivering high-stakes exams.”