Computer-based examination system in use at Hochschule Landshut

Next milestone reached in the implementation of EXaHM.

The Hochschule Landshut has implemented a computer-based examination system called EXaHM, in collaboration with nine other Bavarian universities, as part of the high school project ii.oo "competency-oriented digital testing". The project aims to digitalize and make exams more competency-oriented. A pilot project was launched under the scientific direction of Dean Prof. Dr. Petra Tippmann-Krayer, and after a successful trial with a remote connection to the EXaHM server at the Hochschule München, the installation of the EXaHM server at the Hochschule Landshut has been completed, enabling stable and secure operation of the examination environment.

Three trial exams were conducted in December and January, in which over 30 students became familiar with the new examination format while preparing for their exams. The trial exams covered the modules of Software-Engineering and Informatik IV in the Electrical and Information Technology program, using Visual Studio Code, and the Simulation and Lightweight Design course in the Mechanical Engineering program, using Matlab and Simulink.

The feedback from students, faculty, and support staff has been positive, as the system allows for the integration of programs and tools into a secure testing environment, facilitating realistic and practical testing. Students appreciate the features of digital development environments, such as the automatic detection of syntax errors and the ability to copy and paste. Moreover, the EXaHM system is highly secure, with no concerns regarding data safety.

Prof. Petra Tippmann-Krayer expresses her enthusiasm for this significant milestone, indicating that the new system prepares students better for their future careers. The next step is the implementation of a "real" exam that meets all the requirements of examination law. The computer-based examination system, EXaHM, was developed by Prof. Dr. Georg Braun and his colleagues at the Hochschule München, allowing the digitalization of exams using locally installed application programs in a protected desktop environment.