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The education market increasingly requires higher standards in every area of education.
A key demand: comparable, standardized exam quality.

Q-Exam® is the powerful exam management platform
for your complete study program.

Your benefits:

Quality

Increased transparency and higher examination justice.

Efficiency

Time savings for professors and administration from 40% to 90%.

Flexibility

Many options for customization in the areas of collaboration and process management.

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Vetmed Uni Vienna – Sophisticated Quality Management Through Digital Exam

About the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna

The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna in Austria is one of the leading academic and research institutions in the field of Veterinary Sciences in Europe. Its main focus is on research into animal health, food safety, animal husbandry and animal welfare and their biomedical basis. Its campus in the Florisdorf district of Vienna has five university clinics and a large number of research facilities. Two research institutes, in Wilhelminenberg in Vienna and a teaching and research facility in Lower Austria also form part of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna.

Press release by Vetmed Uni Vienna on the Integration of the Q-Exam System into the faculty’s courses


You can read the University’s original press release HERE.
Increasingly, laptop and a mouse are replacing exam paper and pen for students taking major examinations. Computer-controlled exam platforms allow far more than simple multiple choice tests. They are also simplifying the administration, creation, and evaluation of exams. The Vetmed Uni Vienna has been using one of these systems, Q-Exam, since 2014. While larger exams are written with the hardware provision of the service provider IQUL, smaller exams are now carried out in the University’s own computer lab. The extent to which these systems have successfully established themselves is demonstrated by the fact that the 500,000th individual examination run by IQUL was taken today at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. “Please pick up your pens and turn over your papers.” It is becoming increasingly rare for students to hear this phrase before starting their exams. Austria’s institutions of higher education are increasingly relying on digital examination platforms for major exams. Behind the systems, such as Q-Exam by the German startup, IQUL, lies a computer-controlled administration structure, that supports the exam process from the initial collection of the questions, through to the composition of the paper, and the final marking and statistical evaluation of the papers.
The University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, has been using the Q-Exam platform since 2014. In her capacity as Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Clinical Veterinary Medicine, the acting Rector, Dr. Petra Winter, migrated exams into the computer-supported system, starting with major exams before moving on to smaller papers. These are managed by employees of the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, without hardware support from IQUL in the University’s own E-Learning Center, though specialist technical support is provided.

Increased quality via feedback loops

This allows the actual benefit of the platform, namely the ability to unify the process of administering questions and controlling them for quality, to be realized. Lecturers can enter their questions into the system at any time. These are then controlled on the “six-eye principle,” with three layers of quality control, as Winter emphasizes: "Every system, however good it might be, is dependent on human quality control." After formal review by the Vice-Rectory, there is a specialist review by colleagues from within the lecturer’s own organizational unit followed by a second review, which focuses on the content. "This not only enhances the standards of quality and fairness; it also encourages transparency and interdisciplinary cooperation," she explains.
Feedback from both colleagues and students is forwarded to the authors of the questions and is incorporated into the ongoing process of evaluating the questions, resulting in a flexible and iterative digital question archive. These feedback loops ensure that the content of the exams improves over time.

More than just multiple choice – skills-oriented learning for veterinary practice

These exams are built on more than just multiple-choice questions. Questions can be asked on passages of text or images, with the high-resolution images clearly lending itself to questions on X-rays or histological sections. A decisive benefit also becomes apparent with "Key Feature” questions, which were newly introduced this year at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna. These address case studies from diagnosis, through to explaining the symptoms, concluding with identifying the necessary therapeutic steps. Key Feature questions examine procedural knowledge and reflect the realities of everyday veterinary practice. Students must answer three questions that follow on from one another; only once one question is answered is the next one disclosed to them. This ensures that the content of the question is always aligned with the correct answer to the first question. This process would be impossible to implement in paper form.

Increased fairness, faster results, and statistical analysis

The overall effect of computer-aided examinations is to offer students a very neutral and fair examination system. Feedback loops mean that they are effectively incorporated into a process of continuous development and improvement. The time factor is another benefit, as results can be available after just a few hours. Examinations are marked either by computer or by authors of the questions themselves, who then receive the answers anonymously for marking purposes.
The use of computers to process exams allows accurate statistics can be generated, which can be useful in assessing the standards of teaching and examinations. This is reflected in the concept of the service provider, IQUL, which aims to make a contribution to improving standards of teaching in universities as a result of the feedback loops and statistical analyses that it allows.

Trust is essential

The IQUL platform is legally certified, and the examinations are carried out within a specially secured network. The company offers an exam service including hardware provision and technical staff to carry out major exams directly in the lecture hall. Support is also available to allow exams to be administered internally in the university's own computer lab. “Issues and problems that arise are worked through jointly. This not only increases the levels of trust in the relationship; it also helps both organizations to develop further,” says Winter.

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Quality improvement

Quality improvement

  • Create standardized exam processes and benchmark exam quality against previous semesters and upon different courses.
  • Continuously increase your exam quality through our various quality improvement tools.
  • Document your improvements in exam quality and lay important foundations for getting your degree program accredited.

Efficiency

Efficiency

  • We are able to simultaneously examine 500 students with our mobile laptops in one session. Easily book the exam conduction as full service and forgo expensive own IT-infrastructures.
  • Pool multiple sessions at different locations to examine larger classrooms.
  • Reduce exam correction work by at least 40% through semi- and fully automatic correction processes.
  • Easily import proven questions from your central exam question database.

Flexibility

Flexibility

  • Together, we develop your perfectly tailored exam process with our flexible Q-Exam® modules.
  • Choose from various question types and find the format that perfectly fits your question.
  • Examine wherever you want. Our mobile technology works in the classroom or anywhere else.

That's what our customers say:

Prof Ingo Just

“We use Q-Exam for our model degree program Human Medicine since 2006 and write more than 200 exams each year. Since then, our exam quality increased considerably.”

Dr. Ingo Just,
professor for pharmacology and toxicology,
dean at Hannover Medical School (MHH)

Prof Roland Wismueller

“Since 2015, we frequently write exams with several hundred students. This works great and smooth with the wireless Q-Examiner laptops.“

Dr. Roland Wismüller,
professor for computer science, Chief Information Officer (CIO), University of Siegen


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Legal certainty

We guarantee legally certain and approved exam processes.

Experience

Pioneer in the market since 2005. More than 400.000 conducted student exams.

Data security

All data is stored on your campus servers or on certified servers in Germany.

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