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Digital examinations

Since 2013 the University of Groningen offers university-wide a service ‘digital-examination’. This service provides the possibility to take digital examinations of students in a secure environment. Most of the exams are taken at the Aletta Jacobshal which is specially equipped for this service. In the future it will be possible to take these secure digital examinations on more locations. The amount of digital examination increases every year. In [NEW DATE] there are [AMOUNT] digital exams planed. In most cases these exams consist of multiple choice, open and essay questions. Digital exams offer besides these regular types of questions more possibilities.

Possibilities and benefits of digital examinations

Digital examinations offer besides the regular types of questions other possibilities which paper exams cannot offer. For example, you can split the exam into multiple parts, that way students do not need to continue when it is clear the student fails the exam. Another big profit is the digital correction:

  • Review time is drastically lessened;        
  • Messy handwritings are history;
  • Scores are automatically counted and kept track of;
  • Multiple teachers can review at the same time;
  • Teachers can review both vertical and horizontal;
  • The progress can be monitored in real-time;
  • Insights can be easily and accessibly organized.

Procedure of digital examinations

Faculties take care of scheduling digital exams. If you would like to perform a digital exam, please contact the digital exam coordinator of your faculty. From that moment on the procedure is as following, and is roughly distinguished in 5 phases:

1.   Intake phase: The digital examination service will contact the teacher five weeks prior to the exam to walk through the exam. In this conversation details will be discussed. There will be questions like: which type of question does the exam consist of? May students use other utilities during the exam? Are there students with for example dyslexia who receive additional time?
2.   Preparation phase: Most exams are taken through Nestor. Therefore ESI will prepare the examination environment. Thereafter, the teacher can insert the questions into the environment. When all the questions are inserted ESI will do a comprehensive test, to ensure a smooth examination.
3.   Execution phase: During examination both an employee of ESI and Nestorsupport will be present. That way questions can be answered directly, and possible issues can be addressed. They will also take care of preparing the examination tables and make regularly a backup during the exam.
4.   Completion phase: The backups will be presented to the teachers. The teacher will, if necessary, check the answers of the students. On request it is possible to make an exam analysis and send it to the teacher.
5.   Evaluation: At the end of the examination an evaluation is taken by the students and teachers. The outcome of this evaluation is used to improve all processes.

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Killian McCarthy: "Digital examinations saves a lot of time for teachers. Deciphering bad handwritings is history. It is also more secure, you have less chance to lose an exam and it saves a lot of paper. "
Killian McCarthy: "Digital examinations saves a lot of time for teachers. Deciphering bad handwritings is history. It is also more secure, you have less chance to lose an exam and it saves a lot of paper. "

Professionalising teachers

Are you a teacher and do you participate in digital examinations, or do you wish to do so in the future? Courses are offered yearly by the department Educational Support and Innovation, where the entire examination processes is elaborated. During the course, theory and practice alternate each other. You will also get enough time to practice on Nestor. The program consists of the following elements:

Making an test-exam, to see and experience what a student sees and experiences.
1.     Attend a reading surrounding the development and backgrounds of digital learning;
2.     Commentation and exercises for drafting both multiple choice and essay questions.
3.     Attend a presentation about the available anti-fraud measurements.
4.     Explain about and practice with correction and analysis of exams.

After the course you will possess the following skills:

  • Correct registration of a digital exam;
  • Transfer paper exams to digital exams;
  • Set up a new digital exam;
  • Download and correct the results.


The advent of such courses will be presented on the homepage of this portal under ‘agenda’. In case you require help sooner or upon having a big interest in setting up and take digital examinations, please contact someone from the Digital Examination service.

Contact information

Faculty alumni officers

Faculteit/onderdeel Naam E-mail Telefoon
Arts Peter de Groot p.m.de.groot@rug.nl 050 363 5197
Arts - History Henny Hartlief h.n.hartlief@rug.nl 050 363 5988
Arts- Language Centre Antoinette Maassen a.j.m.maassen@rug.nl 050 363 6029/050 363 5802
Arts - Dutch Roald van Elswijk r.j.j.h.van.elswijk@rug.nl 050 363 5974
Arts - European languages Teresa Alcacio t.alcacio@rug.nl 050 363 5850
Arts - Art History and Arts. Culture and Media Rosa Visser rosa.visser@rug.nl 050 363 8950
Behavioural and Social Sciences Rob van Ouwerkerk r.j.van.ouwerkerk@rug.nl 050 363 6374
Mediical Sciences/ UMCG Nico Bos n.a.bos@umcg.nl 050 363 6356
Economics and Business - - -
Law Bart Beijer b.a.a.beijer@rug.nl 050 363 5406/050 363 9381
Theology and Religion Studies Mirjam de Baar mirjam.de.baar@rug.nl 050 363 4590/050 363 5568
Spatial Sciences Peter Groote p.d.groote@rug.nl 050 363 3693
Philosophy Arnold Veenkamp a.a.veenkamp@rug.nl 050 363 6172

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