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PERCEIVED EFFECTIVENESS OF COMPUTER-BASED TEST EXAMINATION MODE FOR LARGE CLASSES AMONG UNDERGRADUATES OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL WORK

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PERCEIVED EFFECTIVENESS OF COMPUTER-BASED TEST EXAMINATION MODE FOR LARGE CLASSES AMONG UNDERGRADUATES OF NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES: IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL WORK

 

 

Abstract

Conducting examinations of large classes is one of the challenges facing Nigerian universities, especially when it involves pen-paper mode. The challenges include examination malpractices and influencing examination grading. This study sought to ascertain the perception of University students on the effectiveness of computer-based tests for large classes. Questionnaire (151) and In-depth Interviews (12) were used to collect data from students of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. The data were analyzed using quantitative and qualitative methods. Findings revealed that computerbased tests have helped to reduce stress, missing scripts, and examination malpractices. The course of study and adequate knowledge of computers influences views on the effectiveness of computer-based test examination for large classes. However, power and software failure, and insufficient time, challenge the use of computer-based tests. Nigerian universities should pave the way for the full integration of computer-based tests in all examinations. Social workers have an important role to play in this transition, through advocacy and mediation.

 

Keywords: computer-based test, paper-based test, information communication technologies, social work, undergraduate students.