"It’s a very intuitive and efficient way to organise your exams. It can save you a lot of time in corrections and archiving. I would surely recommend it!"
What specific pain points of yours has Ans been able to address? Did you anticipate these points to be solved when learning about Ans or is this a new revelation?
Written exams need careful preparation: you need to have them checked by a colleague and make sure the lay-out is consistent and correct. They are not always easy to correct in an efficient way. As a teacher, you end up with a lot of paperwork and have to check your grading for consistency. Additionally, you often need to calculate grades by hand and get complaints from students afterwards. Even after all of the exams are graded and approved, more paperwork awaits the teacher in the form of correctly archiving all exams (filling out forms, etc.). All of these workflows are improved by Ans, which allows you to collaborate on an exam with colleagues, eliminates paperwork, eases conceiving and correcting exams (making it fun), and simplifies taking exams and inspecting them for students.
How do you think using Ans has impacted your students (in terms of engagement, accessibility, and ease of use)?
In 2020, Ans provided our students with the opportunity to take all of their written exams at home using Proctorio. Now that all exams can be taken on campus again, it helps them to take exams more quickly because typing is quicker than writing! Also, Ans provides them with much more insight in their performance than merely a grade can. Now we publish students’ grades, number of points earned in an exam and their results per course objective. This has greatly reduced the demand for reviewing their exam in the presence of a lecturer.
If a fellow educator asked you regarding your usage of Ans,
what would the first few lines of your experience regarding Ans sound like?
It’s a very intuitive and efficient way to organise your exams. It can save you a lot of time in corrections and archiving. I would surely recommend it!
Do you think that Ans was worth the cost in terms of money and time to onboard?
Ans costs less than other exam software on the market. It works intuitively and does not take a lot of time to onboard. Most lecturers just start out by making questions and learning as they go along.