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School’s out for summer -2019

DigiExam would like to acknowledge all teaching staff, course administrators and students for the academic year of 2018/2019 so far.

We’ll continue to strive for delivering digital examinations to everyone!

For the majority, the academic year of 2018/2019 is coming to an end and we’d like to express our gratitude to all our users! The student location map above indicates the reach of DigiExam and the recent NPS survey conveys the message that we’re heading in the right direction in terms of being the most reliable and user-friendly platform on the market. 

Regardless if you use DigiExam as an external tool in your LMS or as a stand-alone application, it is beyond question that your feedback adds great value to us on our journey to improve digital assessments. Accordingly does your proof of concept that a user-friendly and reliable platform for digital examinations is adopted widely and used by teachers for all types of assessments, tests and high stakes exams.

Product features this spring

The latest release of the Invigilator view allows a teacher or course administrator to share the exam overview with a colleague or exam supervisor. Either by giving an exam supervisor the viewing rights to monitor student progress during the exam without compromising exam integrity, or by co-sharing the entire exam process from exam creation, activation and co-grading of students’ answers.

Additionally, word gaps and simple answers can replace traditional MCQ in some forms of assessments, the add media functionality allows external links and resources, and the locked or randomized question order does not only fit high stake exams but give teachers additional tools to an increased usage of DigiExam.

Pushing the 1 2 3 4 million mark

In early April, we reached yet another milestone of 3 000 000 hand ins, thus a numerous amount of saved papers and with automatic grading, a lot of teacher time better spent than grading student answers!

We’ll continue presenting product news and user cases on our blog, introducing innovative teachers across all fields of education and how they use DigiExam in their field of expertise.

We wish all our users a great summer and later on a warm welcome back to a new, exciting academic year with a lot of pleasant surprises!

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Visiting Lund University

DigiExam is used by universities and schools to create, distribute, grade and publish high-stakes exams and academic tests.

We strive to deliver an efficient exam solution to support and develop the education sector. Today, over 10 000 students take exams with DigiExam every single day. We took the opportunity to visit Juridicum at Lund University, to get a closer look at how DigiExam is used.

Thank you for having us, Therése Fahlström!


Lund University was founded in 1666 and the university is recurrently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities.

Therése Fahlström is Administrator at The Faculty of Law at Lund University. She is responsible for the whole process of examination. From creating accounts and high-stakes exams for the teachers to distributing, sorting and printing the exams after hand-in.


Why DigiExam?

One thing that has improved dramatically with DigiExam is the quality of student answers. The answers are more developed, hold a better structure and there are fewer questions that are left unanswered. Handwritten answers are not at the same level at all. The main advantage with DigiExam is that the students can edit their texts – move, add, strikeout and re-write to improve their texts, without having to rewrite the whole answer, cross out and draw arrows for the teachers to try to understand when marking.

The level of security is extremely high!


When did you start?

We have been using DigiExam for five years, and it is
almost difficult to remember what the process looked like before that – but it was the traditional pen and paper.

DigiExam has improved the quality of the student answers


Would you recommend DigiExam to others?

Yes! Getting started is not complicated – one walkthrough with one of the DigiExam instructors and then you are good to go, and if questions arise the DigiExam support is easy to reach and you will get a quick response. My advice to other universities, faculties, and departments who want to start giving digital exams is to start off on a small scale, preferably by introducing administrators and when they are comfortable with DigiExam introduce more members of the staff.

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New employee in – A previous teacher with a wide experience in the education sector

Cecilia Vahlin

Head of Higher Education

  • This is Cecilia:

Cecilia is one of our newest colleague with experience within education, digitalization, sales, marketing and procurement both within schools, higher education and the business world. 

  • Originally an elementary school teacher in Swedish and English at Linköping University.
  • Proceeded to teach Swedish for nine years at the International English School in Linköping.
  • Worked at the independent school Erlaskolan in Norrköping, who was one of the early providing their students with a 1:1 solution with one computer per student. Erlaskolan had a focus on entrepreneurship and digitization.
  • Later chose a new direction in the Edtech business and became an ICT coordinator at the Education Department in Linköping Municipality. A few years later, she started working at the LMS, itslearning in Malmö.
  • Why did you choose DigiExam?

For a long time, I had requested an improved exam scenario for all kinds of education, from universities to companies. When I found DigiExam, a technically well-developed, user-friendly and intuitive, I really wanted to be part of it. Usually, it is due to a technical threshold that teachers and managers are resisting to try, or use new digital tools, but with DigiExam the threshold feels extremely low and the solution is easy to use.

  • What is the main goal with your role at DigiExam?

I want to contribute, improve and develop the examination form on all levels. I will especially focus on universities and higher education, in Sweden as well as the rest of the world.

The foundation of my philosophy is to maximize the outcome of learning for as many people as possible by offering flexible methods and tools to achieve that. A solution that suits everyone, no matter how you work or what you teach, DigiExam always has functions and features you can use to maximize or optimize your teaching and learning.

The goal is to provide national and international academies with a secure, time saving and efficient method for teachers and students in terms of taking exams as well as creating and marking them.

  • Tell us about your vision?

My long-term vision is that schools and academies today will demand the freedom to choose the best tools and combine them with each other. The era where one had to chose one single technical solution and adapted the education thereafter, is over! I think the pedagogical situation shall decide what digital solutions one chooses. DigiExam is a tool for creating, fulfilling and assessing exams I want to continue being part of that change.

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DigiExam at the SETT fair 2019

We visited the SETT fair 2019 and had the privilege to chat with several of our customers.

As always we received valuable feedback and also a lot of positive responses. For example, our Customer Success Manager, Gustaf Nilsson was given a flower as a thank you for a successful implementation and a solid platform for digital exams.

2019 was a historical year for the Swedish education system. It was the first time that parts of the National Exams for ages 16-18 had to be taken digitally. Due to this,  an increased amount of teachers were more familiar with digital examinations and the possibilities and challenges that comes with them.

It was extra exciting to discuss digital examinations at the same time as the National Exams went live throughout the country. During these days DigiExam reached over 120 000 hand-ins in one week (worldwide), and we also broke the 3 000 000 hand-in barrier at the same time – a huge milestone for us as a company.

Our stand at the SETT Fair 2019.

We also noticed a lot more comparison with our competitors. For the National Exams DigiExam were the only provider who could offer the possibility to play the USB containing mp3 files with the written instructions, provided by the Swedish National Agency of Education (Skolverket), into our lockdown environment. Furthermore, one of few platforms that had the ability to perform just as well offline as online, thus minimising the risk of lost exams due to network failure.

DigiExam Customer Success Manager – Emma Hellberg, talking to one of our clients.

All in all there were three very positive days with a steady flow of mostly existing customers/users dropping by to share experiences and positive feedback from using DigiExam as their primary solution for both the National Exams as well as in their daily work. We received a great deal of valuable feedback to carry with us our strive for in future improvements!

Again a big thank you to all of you who visited us, and to all of you who are using our platform – it’s you who keeps us going!

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DigiExam celebrates over 3,000,000 handed in exams!

On April 2nd DigiExam reached a huge milestone. We now have a total of over 3,000,000 handed in exams since our start in 2011! We are extremely proud of all our users and grabs the opportunity to say: Thank you for joining in on the revolution of digital exams!

This is a true proof of concept that a user-friendly and reliable platform for digital examinations really is adopted widely by teachers and used for all types of assessments, tests and high stakes exams.

Easy to operate from a teacher/supervisor perspective and full offline support for students during an exam, without putting a lot of additional effort to solve technical issues. The reliability for students that ensures them to take an exam without worrying about internet connectivity and data loss in case of a problem occurring.

The Customer Success Team with teacher experience help new and existing customers implement and use DigiExam widely. A tool for teachers to use both for assessing students and supporting the learning process, moreover a tool for diverse usage.

With our Support team in-house and just a couple of feet away from the developers in the Tech team, we are agile and work closely together taking full control of our product without being dependent on third-party services.

Compared to last year, DigiExam has increased handed-in exams with 80 percent and hit a new record with 510 322 hand-ins. The second quarter of the year is a peak season for examinations and high-stakes exams.

We are more than prepared for the significantly higher amount of users who will be handing in their digital exams in a few months!

From all of us at DigiExam, Thank you!

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Word Gaps & Simple Answers and another teacher employee at DigiExam

Of course, DigiExam supports self-correcting word gap/simple answer, a question type that opens up for several different exams and/or minor tests, but above all, saves time in the marking section as it automatically corrects as soon as you finish the exam.

To meet our growth, we have amazing Customer Success Managers in our team at DigiExam. One of them is Gustaf Nilsson who has previous experience as a teacher and principal. So happy to have you Gustaf!

Read more about Gustaf and get his best tips on how to use our question type self-correcting word gap in your teaching.

Gustaf Nilsson

Customer Success Manager

Hi Gustaf! Who are you?

Hi! I am a music and sport interested man from Blekinge who eventually moved to Stockholm after a 13-year detour in Skåne. I love to support and see people around me develop, hence my graduation as a teacher with a focus on the elementary school’s later years and high school. Has taught at upper secondary school, adult / primary school and at the upper secondary school within the social-oriented subjects. During my years as a high school teacher, I was involved in applying for 1-1 computers for students in school year 7 at two compulsory schools in Malmö City. After that, I chose to take the step back to adult education and have for the past 6 years been training in the Vocational School where I have been in a leading position for the courses I have been responsible for.

Why did you choose DigiExam?

I think the company has a really good product that helps teachers streamline their daily teaching and gives them the opportunity to put so much more energy on what they do best – to teach and develop their students. This is done by minimizing the time they spend on marking and instead of letting them focus on doing good lessons and supporting their students. It goes without saying that the tests should also be digital when much of the teaching goes in that direction. It also gives the students the opportunity to perform in a digital environment that they are accustomed to. The feature of being able to limit the students’ access to the internet and even to control what website page they are allowed to access is fantastic for their focus and our classroom environment – naturally, I want to participate and share this with teachers and the team at DigiExam.

The main purpose of your role at DigiExam?

The main purpose of my role at DigiExam is to be involved in implementing the product at schools and its staff to help them get started with digital tests and to improve and develop our software together in order for it to become even better.

Your Best Word Gap Tips?

I think the question type is fantastic to use in reading comprehension, vocabulary learning for example. To have the opportunity of combining text with images increases the usage and enables use within more subjects than languages, such as geography, social sciences, and mathematics. Take a look at the examples to understand what I mean!

Language – vocabulary, grammar, subject-verb agreement, reading comprehension, hearing comprehension, etc.

The picture below shows a marked student answer with examples of how you can use word gaps and practice reading comprehension in English:

Word Gaps - Matching Example

Geography – Let your students fill in the different climatic zones

Word Gaps - Map Example

Math – Multiplication Table, fill in the missing numbers to complete the multiplication table correctly

Word Gaps - Table Example

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Insights: Devices used by students 2018

To better understand our users, we collect data to track what devices they use DigiExam with. This data has great value for us since it enables us to respond fast to shifts in OS adoption, as well as be confident when it is time to deprecate older platforms.

With this information at hand, we would like to pay it forward by sharing some of the insights with other people working in the EdTech space, as it can be valuable to know what devices you have to target when building an application for schools.

Platforms used by students

The data set consists of 152 242 devices from 16 different regions that has submitted logs from our Windows, iPad, Chromebook or macOS applications. Major part of the data points are from Sweden, followed by Iceland, Canada, New Zealand, and Israel in size. The US is excluded from the data since it is stored in a separate data set.

All data points have been collected in the last 180 days; after that, this data is automatically anonymized. Anonymization strips the device identifier which is required for the statistics.

Platform usage by students statistics 2018

Conclusions

Windows devices are popular for both Higher Education and K-12, hardly anything surprising there.

Chromebooks are the second most popular devices on K-12 schools, while it is non-existing on Higher Education. It is worth mentioning is that the  data is affected by the fact that Chromebooks need to be centrally managed by the school in order to be usable for our application, and that Higher Education is almost exclusively bring-your-own-device.

macOS devices are very popular in Higher Education while they are less popular on K-12 schools. The cause of this is probably that 1:1 computing programs are common on K-12 schools, while the general policy on Higher Education is bring-your-own-device.

iOS devices are similar to Chromebooks in that they are more popular on K-12 schools than on Higher Education. On K-12, it has a considerate share of the devices while on Higher Education the usage is neglectable.

Looking at the data emphasizes the need to understand what platforms to target for which age group in EdTech. Our approach to target all four platforms with a cross-platform client seems to have paid off to get a high adoption rate of the service. We hope that the insight this data provides can help you take a decision on what platforms to target for your service.

Feel free to reach out to me at robin.andersson@digiexam.com if you have any questions about this data or want to know more.

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Deloitte Sweden Technology Fast 50 award to DigiExam

Deloitte Sweden Technology Fast 50 is a ranking and award of Sweden’s fastest growing technology companies. The ranking is based on the average revenue growth of companies during the past four-year period, including both public and private companies. The list covers all types of technology – from internet and computer equipment to greentech and life sciences.

DigiExam was awarded the ranking 40 by having a revenue growth of 516% – which makes us the Swedish EdTech company that has grown fastest the last four years.

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User case: Toronto Preparatory School

Eric Oest

Director of IT and Head of Science

  • Why did you search for a digital examination tool?

Prior to finding a secure, digital examination tool, here at Toronto Prep School we had been using a mobile computer cart. Teachers had to sign out individual computers for their various tests and there were often conflicts between different teachers’ test dates. This was becoming increasingly unmanageable and many teachers were desperate to find a more convenient solution.

I knew that there had to be a solution that leveraged all of the computers we had in the school (We are a 1 to 1 school). I looked at a number of solutions that were being used by large US colleges, but many of them were prohibitively expensive and/or they involved far too much maintenance.

  • What was your first impression of DigiExam (pros/cons)?

My first impression was overwhelmingly positive. Compared to some of the other solutions that I tried out, DigiExam was more user-friendly, it was easier to implement, and it was less expensive per user. I liked that it was a cloud-based application that teachers could easily integrate with the other applications they were using in their classrooms.

  • What impact has DigiExam had on your classroom?

It has simplified the testing process. Teachers no longer have to worry about having enough computers for students who elect to type their answers. Additionally, students enjoy using it because they are able to get their results sooner. Finally, it shifts the responsibility from the teacher to the student in terms of having the correct materials for a test.

  • How do your students feel about DigiExam?

More and more, students are electing to type their responses rather than writing them on paper. DigiExam makes this process quite easy and so students are happy. I believe that they also like the fact that it works on multiple platforms and the interface is very straightforward.

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