Digital Evaluation and its significant impact on a University – Part 1 of 2
Too many Universities steer clear of digital evaluation of answer scripts. The excuses they use are many – but the deep fear is “what if our people are unable to use the system?” We can only talk about the value it brings to the University when we get over that fear.
Today I will try to bust that myth. The myth that says non-technical Professors and Evaluators at a University (who are used to paper and pen) will face a steep learning curve when learning to use a computer screen to evaluate scanned answer scripts.
Your professors are more tech-aware than you think. If they’re struggling, it’s the software which is at fault.
Five years ago, your fears of people struggling with technology would have been sensible. That is no longer true. During the last few years, companies have invested heavily in research on user experience. This has led to apps which are becoming easier to use, which has led to even more usage. As per a Google survey, 27% Indian mobile users install 5 or more apps every month. They find these apps by searching for them and reading reviews, comparing with other apps, and then finally registering to get more value out of it. Here’s the best part: 40% of this demographic is aged 50 years or above.
If you are afraid that people will struggle with clicking on a screen and typing some numbers as part of their job – guess what? – they are doing things ten times as complex every day. For fun.
So, long story short – forget about the difficulty your people will face. Instead, focus on the value this can bring to the University.
What We Think
There is a reason we are moving towards a paperless world. Physical paper is difficult to handle, messy to move around, easy to misplace, expensive to archive and overall painful to deal with. However, the exams are still written on answer scripts made of sheets of paper. There is no escaping paper any time soon.
It is a matter of making the decision to invest in a good Digital Evaluation system. Because, once the papers are scanned and accessed digitally the whole game changes.
Let us read about it in the next part…