EasyExam

Videoprototype, WS1112

EasyExam is a tablet-based concept that will save time and paper in everyday life at school with focus on preparing and running tests more efficient. By using a tablet the exam preparation with EasyExam is location-independent and less complex. Letting the pupils write the test on their own tablets makes the process completely paperless and more cheating-safe.

The application offers multiple tools to teachers for working and browsing through teaching materials which are relevant for the test e. g. archived tests, example tasks, syllabus, books. Customizable templates speed up the creation of individual tasks and boost the re-use of already elaborated and approved material. With EasyExam new types of multimedia tasks can be integrated in tests such as videos, audio samples or animations.

In the classroom the teacher chooses the prepared exam and initiates the registration phase. Pupils within immediate reach logon for the test and download the exam documents. The pupil’s tablet automatically switches to the exam mode. In this mode all unnecessary or forbidden functionalities such as Wi-Fi are locked except of permitted utilities according to the test e. g. a calculator or a special dictionary. Even editing the exam is prohibited until the teacher gives the starting signal. To anticipate peculation the tablet continuously ensures (e. g. with face detection) that the test is written by the authorized disciple. If the distance between two tablets goes below the minimum the displays turn off to avoid that one pupil copies from the other.

When the time is up, all tablets will be locked synchronously and the exam data will be uploaded. According to the type of tasks EasyExam can help the teacher to correct the test and save even more time.

As you can see, preparing and running the test via EasyExam saves the teacher time. In addition, by doing all these things without a single book or college block our concept also saves paper and money.

But the idea, respectively the use of our concept is not limited to prepare and perform exams.

With many features for minimizing cheating possibilities (like face or handwriting recognition etc) and starting and ending all exams simultaneously it gives pupils and teachers a certain kind of fairness.

There are a lot of more possibilities how it can enrich the teachers lesson design: data can be gathered and displayed on an interactive whiteboard, books can be replaced by tablets, multimedia can be shown straight to the pupils…

EasyExam might be for Exams only, but our whole concept can be applied to a huge field in a teachers everyday life.

Concept: EasyExam

Concept, WS1112

After collecting a lot of information in the interviews, we started to order them by four topics: problems, tasks, actors and devices.

With this newfound overview, we were able to develop an affinity diagram and realized that there are several areas in a teacher’s day that could use an improvement.

In our user research, all interview partners mentioned their problems with organization (each of them complained about the morning crowd in front of the copier!), which brought us the idea of our concept:

EasyExam helps teachers to prepare their exams right on their tablet, offering templates to build new tests. The students have tablets too, so there is no more need of doing any print or copy work early in the morning.

Everything the teacher got to do is taking a seat, the tablet does the rest. It registers all students coming into the class for the exam and the teacher starts and ends it with his tablet.

With many possible security features (face/handwriting recognition, intelligent exam grouping etc.) our system becomes cheating-safe.

User Research: Teachers

User Research, WS1112

After we became acquainted with the bad habits of our stressed teachers for several years, we decided that they would be our target group.

Our first one took us to the Bertolt-Brecht-Gymnasium in Pasing. Asking an old-established teacher for math and physics about his every day’s work, we got to know the other perspective of school life. This way, we got insight how exhausting this job can get.

The next station was the Dante-Gymnasium, where we first interviewed a teacher for English, history and social studies and afterwards another one for biology and chemistry.

All of them revealed a pretty old-school way of teaching, either because new medias don’t work as expected or because they just don’t find it very effective.

In contrast, our last interview partner (Klenze-Gymnasium)  stood out: she uses a smart whiteboard in her every day’s class.

In conclusion, we think we found a nice mix of teachers, which should be a good fundament to develop a useful concept.