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World Wide Web 1 (1998) 193208 193 Web-based testing: A study in insecurity

Summary: World Wide Web 1 (1998) 193208 193
Web-based testing: A study in insecurity
Joel C. Adams a
and Aaron A. Armstrong b
a Department of Computer Science, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI 49546, USA
E-mail: adams@calvin.edu
b Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109, USA
E-mail: aarmst@umich.edu
Much has been written about the distinct ideas of on-line testing, in which students take tests and receive immediate feedback on
their performance; distance learning, in which telecommunication technology extends the traditional classroom beyond the classroom
walls; and multimedia, in which text, sound and graphics are integrated within an application. By using the World Wide Web (WWW) as
a medium for administering on-line tests, immediate feedback can be provided, tests can be administered at a distance, and multimedia
resources can be conveniently incorporated into questions. This paper describes Eval, an undergraduate research software prototype in
which we explore security issues related to using WWW as a testing medium.
1. Introduction
At most high schools and universities, the act of taking a
test is little different today than it was 100 years ago. Stu-
dents bring pens or pencils to a classroom, receive a set of
test questions written on paper, and begin to answer them,
again on paper. When done with the test, students submit


Source: Adams, Joel - Department of Computer Science, Calvin College


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences