In carrying out digital national tests, there are a number of preparations that can be made to ensure that the assessments are being implemented as smoothly and easily as possible. Our experience is that the more one prepares, the easier the execution of the tests, no matter what type of test it is. It’s also important to start the preparations well in advance of the implementation of digital national tests. Some schools and municipalities have begun preparations of the kind described below for some years now. Because certain national tests are to be done with a computer after June 29, 2018, it is recommended that schools and municipalities start using a digital test platform as soon as possible after this date. This allows both teachers and students to familiarize themselves with the digital test platform in good time and how the implementation of digital tests goes. The preparations that need to be made are not only linked to the digital test platform, but several of the points listed below concern other aspects such as education, good wifi/ internet connection, continuous power supply, that the right software is installed on student computers and more.

Introduction video Dugga NT:

Use Duggas instructional videos to familiarize yourself with the test platform. Duggas instructional videos are available to you so that you can watch these at any time that suit you.

Preparations that teachers can make:

A) In order for you and your students to have the opportunity to get acquainted with Dugga, it is good to carry out several test assessments and as a first step, a login test (in open mode) with all classes and groups that you will try. A login test can have, for example, a (1) essay question formulated as "Hello, write and tell me if you can login in an easy way in this test and that everything works for you on your computer". This ensures that all users can log in and get acquainted with the assessment platform. Several such short tests will get you used to the platform. You should do 3 to 5 test assessments before starting to do real tests.

B) As a next step, it’s valuable to carry out test assessments in locked mode with, for example, Safe Exam BrowserDuggas Chromebook-app or Xit-Check™ to gain further experience of how to use locked mode. Some selected schools have the opportunity to use Respondus​ but this solution is only used if you know for sure that your school is one of those chosen schools. When using the different solutions for locked position it’s valuable to learn and gain experience of how to proceed when downloading so-called Test Response File / Submitting Tests(students' answers to the test) in case of lack of network connection or wifi. Note that the procedure differs between different types of computers or digital devices.

C) Have a blank USB stick when your students are being tested on PC, Mac or Chromebooks. For the execution of the test, it is valuable to know how to save test answer files in the event of Internet or Wifi failure. On PC and Mac, test answer files are saved by the student clicking on "Download response file" when the student is in the exam and for example using Safe Exam Browser. Then ask the student to log out of the Safe Exam Browser, open the file manager/ explorer, go to "downloaded files" and transfer the files to your USB stick. On Chromebooks, you can insert the USB stick into the Chromebook, click "Download File" in the sample and then transfer the file directly to the USB stick. When using Safe Exam Browser on iPads, the test answer file is saved by clicking on "Download answer file". This allows the file to be saved and stored locally in the Safe Exam Browser on the iPad (no USB stick is needed for iPads). When you want to upload the test answer file from an iPad to Dugga you wait until the iPad has internet connection again and then uploads the file, which can be done directly in connection with the sample or for example the day after the test. Here you will find additional instructions: Answer Files for iPads

D) Power Supply is an important component to ensure assessment execution. It is therefore recommended that all students have access to continuous power supply throughout the test period. The students should at least be able to connect to a power supply if necessary. Furthermore, it can be recommended that the school make sure to have adapters for power supply in reserve and that the school/ you as a teacher informs all students about taking the power adapter for the test. It may be necessary to contact the responsible people at the school or the municipality to ensure that power supply - electrical outlets, extension cables, adapters etc are available at the school during the test.

E) It’s easier to take digital tests if you have good internet connection and good WiFi. A slow WiFi affects data transmission and performance negatively. Insufficient network capacity should therefore be fixed as soon as possible. If you, as a teacher, know that your school's WiFi/ internet is faulty, it may be advantageous to communicate this to the person in charge at the school or the municipality in the event that they do not know about it. If the school's wifi gives students the opportunity to log on to the network with mobile phones, this can adversely affect the network's performance. In such cases, the school should inform students about turning off their mobile phones during major tests. This is to reduce the load on the school's WiFi network. Sometimes, hardware updates may be necessary to get better WiFi performance and then you should contact those responsible at the school or municipality to ask them to fix this.

F) Some students use and work with digital devices (PC, Mac, Chromebook, iPad) that may be old and outdated. It may be good to review the digital devices so that they know that they work, that they keep the battery level and that they have updated software. This is especially important in cases where computers/ digital devices are shared between several different users. It is important to ensure that the digital devices really work when they are used. Devices that don’t work, have damaged batteries, broken display or similar, should be replaced.

Preparations that schools can do:

G) Implementation of digital tests requires the schools' ICT competence, which is why it is beneficial to implement training aimed at teachers in general and for teachers who are to carry out digital national tests in particular. Some schools and municipalities carry out major knowledge-enhancing initiatives in connection with digitization, which is good. It is beneficial to initiate such knowledge-enhancing efforts through self-directed internal training and workshops and let teachers with greater ICT experience share experiences with other teachers at the school/ municipality. In this way, the school can effectively start the digital journey towards increased ICT competence.

H) It is easier to carry out digital tests if you have good internet connection and good Wifi. A slow WiFi affects data transmission and performance negatively. Insufficient network capacity should therefore be remedied as soon as possible. As responsible for a school's network and infrastructure, it may be beneficial to perform performance measurements. If a school's WiFi gives students at the school the opportunity to log on to the network with mobile phones, this can adversely affect the network's performance. In such cases, it may be appropriate to establish rules for how the network may be used. For example the school can, as a first step, inform students to switch off their mobile phones during larger tests. This is to reduce the load on the school's WiFi network. Sometimes hardware updates can be needed to get better network performance.

I) Power supply is an important component to ensure the execution of tests. It is therefore recommended that all students have access to continuous power supply throughout the test period. A minimum limit is that students can at least connect power supply if necessary. Furthermore, it can be recommended that the school make sure to have adapters for power supply in reserve and that the school informs all pupils about taking the power adapter for testing. It may be necessary to contact the responsible persons at the school or municipality to ensure that power supply - electrical outlets, extension cables, adapters etc are available in the school at the test.

K) Teachers at schools that will carry out digital national exams should in advance make several test exams in locked mode, such as Safe Exam Browser, with all classes that will have national tests. This means that all users have experience of performing tests in locked mode. As a school or equivalent, it is advisable to give the teachers time and opportunity to perform such tests. It is also good to remind you to carry out such tests before you start making real tests.

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Created by Patrik Nilsson on 2019/06/20 10:01