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  1. App power enters world of examinations in colleges; how students benefit

App power enters world of examinations in colleges; how students benefit

This might be a little surprising to know but a few city colleges are letting their students carry their smartphones into the examination hall because without it they might not be able to give their exams

By: | Published: July 21, 2017 3:35 PM
Offee,  KJ Somaiya College, smartphone app, smartphone app for examination, SAFE, Offee app,  Bhaskar Raman, WiFi service,  Mojo Networks  The app is enabled with features which prevent plagiarism and cheating.

This might be a little surprising to know but a few city colleges are letting their students carry their smartphones into the examination hall because without it they might not be able to give their exams. Thanks to Offee app which has been developed by one of the alumnus of KJ Somaiya College of Arts and Commerce, 3000 students of the college have taken their internal exams on the smartphone. According to an Indian Express report, students in the classroom connect to Offee app and the internet connection automatically turns off and questions are downloaded onto the phones. According to the provost of Somaiya, Rajan Velukar, ” The sequence of questions varies for each student.” The best part for the faculty and the students is that within no time the results of the examination are also declared.

At the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT-B), two professors have developed a related app and they are in talks with the colleges and schools across the country. The app called Safe, Authenticated, Fast Exams (SAFE) is used by the professors within the campus. One of the co-developers of SAFE Bhaskar Raman said, “Studies have shown regular tests help students learn effectively. But large classes make exams expensive and time-consuming for colleges. SAFE is an app that grew out of a need and desire to conduct simple tests on a regular basis.” SAFE was made by Professor Raman and Kameswari Chebrolu in association with Mojo Networks which is a cloud-managed WiFi service.

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According to Velukar, the app helps in teaching as well. The database of analysis as to which questions were the toughest or which concepts might not have been clear to the students gives a clear insight to the teachers as well. The app is enabled with features which prevent plagiarism and cheating. Velukar further added, “Once a student is on Offee, if s/he tries to open a browser to search for answers, the login is timed out. The candidate cannot take the exam without asking for re-login permissions.”

Security mechanisms are such in SAFE that any attempt to cheat will immediately alert the invigilator. The app supports multiple choice, numeric answer, fill-in-the-blanks and multiple choice. Another fascinating feature of the app is that it supports a mode where subjective answers can be written on paper and submitted on the server through a picture.

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