The adoption of online learning in the current times has shaken up the entire education industry. Many teachers have been proponents of online teaching for a long time. The present situation has pushed teachers to adopt online tools for teaching.
The revolutionary online teaching tools have been the ones for online classes and online exams or online quiz.
For online classes, platforms like Zoom, Google Classrooms, Cisco, among many others are being used while online exams are seeing a lot of contenders. Initially, Google form exam was being used by teachers to conduct online student evaluation. However, the many loopholes in the Google form pattern made it an erratic option for an online quiz.
Why choose an inconvenient survey tool for online tests when you can use a specialised tool recommended by industry stalwarts?
Google forms are ideally used for surveys, polls, research, and analysis among the population. Its use in conducting exams was surprising.
As an alternative, MegaExams designed its online exam software to deal with all shortcomings faced by teachers when conducting online student evaluations via exams/tests. MegaExams clearly had the edge over Google forms. The following table explains how.
|Security||Anyone with a password can log in||Only registered students can log in||MegaExams -a secure exam portal|
|Time regulation||No time regulator||Exam duration decided/regulated by the teacher||Google forms don’t have time-bound exams|
|Seriousness||The survey-like feeling while attempting exam||A real-time feeling of an exam||MegaExams’ interface allows for a serious, and real exam feel to it|
|Exam result |
|Result generation takes time||Immediate result generation||Save time with instant result generation. Best suitable|
|Result analysis||No analysis tool||Detailed analytical report of a student’s answers||An analysis helps in overcoming weaknesses and better teaching|
|Ease of checking||Need extra space on Drive to store answers||One-stop shop for all exam/test needs||With MegaExams, no need to juggle between software|
|No. of tests allowed||New test has to be created every time||Unlimited practice tests allowed||No capping on practice tests with MegaExams|
|Question bank||No question bank. Teachers have to find questions manually||Vast question with over 5Lac questions to choose from||Pre-loaded questions reduce half of the teachers’ woes|
|Time taken||Each question and answer options have to be typed out||Just choose questions, no time spent typing questions||Save time to spend on actual teaching activities|
|Test assignment||The same exam is available for all students||Many groups of students can take different sets of exams||MegaExams’ interface prevents cheating/ use of unfair means|
While it may be true that teachers highly appreciate Google forms for testing as it allows teachers to take subjective/descriptive exams; a feature of online exam which MegaExams does not currently boast of. Administering subjective tests is next on MegaExams’ big list. Nevertheless, the array of features now on MegaExams gives teachers the best online testing experience.