Digital exams in engineering education

Meta Keijzer-de Ruijter*, Silvester Draaijer

*Corresponding author for this work

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Digital exams are rather uncommon in engineering education because general e-assessment platforms lack the ability to use advanced item types that mimic general engineering problem-solving processes and award partial scores. However, it is possible to develop such advanced items with Maple T.A. We describe how such items are structured in scenarios and developed for a second year bachelor’s-level material science course that ran three times at the Delft University of Technology. We evaluate how these items function in practice, are scored and perform from an educational measurement perspective. The paper discusses the results of the study and future directions for development of digital exams in engineering courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTechnology Enhanced Assessment
Subtitle of host publication21st International Conference, TEA 2018, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 10–11, 2018, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsSilvester Draaijer, Eric Ras, Desirée Joosten-ten Brinke
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9783030252649
ISBN (Print)9783030252632
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event21st International Conference on Technology Enhanced Assessment, TEA 2018 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 10 Dec 201811 Dec 2018

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference21st International Conference on Technology Enhanced Assessment, TEA 2018


  • Digital exam
  • e-Assessment
  • Engineering education
  • Maple T.A
  • Partial credit
  • Question partitioning
  • Scenario


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