Faculty of Business and Law

School of Law

Innovative School of Law pilot to move away from pen and paper exams

The Deakin School of Law is known for innovative use of technology in teaching. During the T2/2013 exam the School partnered with the Division of Student Administration to test the viability of 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) exams.

The pilot was confined to students enrolled in either:

  • Business Tax Law (MLC305) (Unit Chair: Mr Wes Obst)
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing (MLM792) (Unit Chair: Professor Louis de Koker)

Students who elected to participate in the pilot completed their exams in these units using their own electronic devices rather than traditional pen and paper. As these are open book exams, they also had the option to bring electronic reference materials on the same device or on another device, and to combine these with hard copies of reference materials should they so wish. Access to electronic texts are increasingly important in open book exams as the School and Cloud teaching utilise electronic texts extensively. Students sat these invigilated exams in computer laboratories and submitted their exam papers electronically to CloudDeakin.

US Law Schools have been employing BYOD exams for a number of years, but Australian universities are still pen and paper bound when it comes to traditional exams. This pilot project was aimed at assessing student interest in, and the practicalities regarding, BYOD exams. This was a limited pilot project and the need to manage the technical risks confined it to campus-based students and those off-campus students who were prepared to travel to one of the Deakin computer laboratories to sit the exam. The School and Deakin University are studying the results of the pilot to inform decisions regarding the potential broader application of BYOD exams within the School of Law.

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28th March 2014