The demand for online assessments is increasing at an unprecedented rate, forcing companies and educational institutions to rely on software and LMS platforms to ensure that they deliver assessments for their candidates effortlessly. Finding the right technology for online assessment can be daunting, and the factors to consider may vary from one institution to another.
This blog post will shed some light on the factors that businesses and educational institutions should consider when choosing an online assessment technology.
Reliability of the Platform
The availability of the assessment platform should never be compromised. An effective online assessment software needs to be up and running for the entirety of the assessment period. This means that it must have a high uptime rating as well as backup measures in place to avoid any undue downtimes.
Furthermore, the platform should be able to handle a high number of students concurrently. So, ensure that you choose software that is reliable and able to handle the expected traffic volume with ease, without affecting the response time of the platform.
One of the critical concerns for online assessment is protecting the information and the assessment from fraud and cyber attacks. Therefore, security should be an essential factor in the selection process of online assessment technology.
Adequate security measures, such as 2-factor authentication and data encryption, must be available on the platform. Moreover, look for a system that has implemented best practices in vulnerability management, access controls, and security patches.
Flexibility in Test Creation
The online assessment platform that you use should provide some level of flexibility when creating tests and assessments. More often than not, the assessment contents vary and require specific authoring tools. These tools can range from question banks to multimedia, language translation, and much more.
Therefore, the software selected must be able to cater to different assessment types and formats, from multiple-choice questions to open-text ones. As a result, the assessment platform should provide a flexible test creation interface that can support various question types.
The user experience should be a significant determining factor in choosing an online assessment platform because it significantly impacts the system’s effectiveness, efficiency, and user satisfaction. The platform should be easy for students and instructors to navigate with a friendly, engaging UI. The test interface must be uncomplicated and straightforward with lucid instructions.
Finally, the navigation across the platform should be effortless, and the interaction between the student and the software should be seamless, enabling an interactive testing experience for a smooth online assessment delivery.
Integration with Other Platforms
The online assessment platform should be able to integrate with the existing systems within the organisation, such as LMS, HRIS, and student information systems. This integration means that it is swift and seamless, enabling an easy flow of data between the assessment platform and the existing systems.
In addition, this integration substantially reduces the time spent bridging the data and pumping them into other systems.
The selection of an assessment platform can be overwhelming, and the various requirements for each organisation’s system may differ. Therefore, businesses and educational institutions looking to adopt online assessment technologies must consider various factors, from platform reliability to security measures to the user experience.
Once an institution has identified the online assessment technology that aligns with its objectives and requirements, it can leverage the full potential of the technology for seamless online assessment delivery and an exceptional candidate experience.