Welcoming more students with each passing year to the University of Malta is a sign of growth, and of steadiness. Especially towards exam season, however, it also signifies an increase in the workload of academics, who have a bigger volume of assessments to deal with.
Dr Katya De Giovanni, Senor Lecturer in Psychology at the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and Director of the Cottonera Resource Centre, has welcomed the University’s adoption of the WISEflow software with open arms, as it has enabled her and her colleagues to minimise correction times.
When did you have your first experience with online assessment methods?
During a sabbatical year where I was invited to teach Work Psychology at the Universita' degli Studi di Padova, I had my first experience with online testing. I was completely hooked on to this idea for the very simple reason that most of our departmental budget was going to examination papers which were then shredded once they were used.
How does a system such as WISEflow compare to more traditional methods of assessment?
As I said, it saves on that budget that would usually go towards printing examination papers, and is good for the environment. The automatic correction of whole batches of multiple-choice examinations saves us a lot of time.
What’s the best WISEflow feature, in your opinion?
So far, I have found the use of Wiseflow exceptional for multiple choice questions. It allows us to have as many responses as we like and we can also shuffle the responses so that students find it difficult to communicate about the correct answer. The interface is also easy and clear.
Would you encourage your colleagues to make the shift to WISEflow?
I would definitely encourage everyone to make the shift towards online testing. Gone are the days where I have to correct more than a hundred multiple choice scripts as now WISEflow will also do this automatically.
This is part of a series of testimonials on the use of WISEflow. This campaign is a collaborative effort by the Marketing, Communications & Alumni Office, the Office for Human Resources Management & Development, the Office of the Registrar and IT Services.
For a list of available resources and upcoming training sessions on WISEflow, please visit this dedicated webpage.