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The Central Board of Secondary Education reduced 99.99% re-evaluation requests

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The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) was constituted in 1962 under the Union Government of India with an objective to serve educational institutions more effectively. The prime focus of the Board is on innovations in teaching-learning methodologies by devising students friendly and students centered paradigms. The Board has 19316 affiliated schools in India and 211 affiliated schools in 25 foreign countries.

CBSE faced many challenges in regards to the marking of written answer books of the students including:

  • Inconsistency in marking across evaluators.
  • Errors/omissions: Missed sections, totaling errors.
  • Increased evaluation centers across the country

Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) deployed TCS iON Digital Marking solution which enabled them to streamline their marking processes and manage large-scale answer book marking

Some of the key highlights of the solutions delivered:

  • Digitized end-to-end marking process in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • Marking scheme to drive uniformity.
  • Auto governance checks like totaling, reviews.
  • Evaluators data and answer books on the cloud

CBSE benefited from this implementation in many areas, some of them are in the following ways:

  • 40% reduction in marking cycle time.
  • Reduced Re-evaluation requests.
  • 100% elimination of totaling errors.

TCS iON Digital Marking is a solution for educational institutions and recruitment bodies to aid the accurate marking of subjective answers. With TCS iON Digital Marking, markers can insert comments by typing them out against the scanned images of candidates’ answers, as well as assign marks. By minimizing the possibility of human error while maintaining computational accuracy, TCS iON Digital Marking significantly reduces the overall marking cycle time. TCS iON Digital Marking also helps make better use of available resources to further improve the process. The solution delivers the flexibility, accuracy, and efficacy of a digital marking system while ensuring that the human touch of personally examining the paper is also maintained in the process. Most importantly, TCS iON Digital Marking enables smooth and transparent communication between the key stakeholders in the process – educational institutions, candidates, and their parents.

Key highlights of the engagement:

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“Focus on the evaluation is mainly to ensure timely declaration of results. The result which is more accurate and correct.”
Dr. Manoj Srivastava, Regional Officer, Dehradun
Central Board of Secondary Education

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DIMENSiON May 2018 | Assessment

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 Internet Based Assessment (IBA)

 Personal and confidential data of the user are now self-consent

 A) GDPR Related Changes

 

Feature Description
Displaying notification during Candidate Verification process In the proctored Internet Based Assessments, candidate identity information will be captured in the system during the verification process at the test centres.

The following message will be displayed to the users while capturing identification details of the candidates:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering his / her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Verify Candidates.

Displaying notification while capturing the details of the Scribe During the Internet Based Assessments, the candidates can be accompanied by the scribe as a special need. In such cases, the name, email id and the contact number of the accompanying scribe will be captured in the system. The following message will be shown to the users while capturing the details of the scribe:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering the personal data of the scribe. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Special Needs.

Key Benefits: This is in line with the GDPR regulations to seek the necessary Consent from the users for the usage of the personal data

B) Additional Capabilities in Analytics

Following are the new features in Analytics

a) In Homepage of reports, Show overall analysis, will display details such as Candidate Score, Cut-off, Percentage, Accuracy, Date of Exam, Exam start time and End Time.

b) The Homepage is now configurable with Image. Any image can be added to the home page HTML file.

c) Complete candidate profile will be displayed in Homepage including Name and DOB etc.

d) In preparedness analysis, Performance levels will be displayed in the report (Excellent / Moderate / Poor etc.)

e) Preparedness analysis will be added to overall performance analysis, currently, it is at the section level. Performance level will also be displayed.

f) Performance category (Excellent / Moderate / Poor) can now be configured at an overall report level.

g) Displaying colors based on the accuracy percentage is now configurable along with the comments.

Key Benefits: This gives enhanced user experience and provides more details in the report like candidate complete profile, candidate performance level etc.

 

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Identification Management (IM) – GDPR Changes

Feature Description
Displaying notification while Capturing the Demographic data of the Candidates/Staff/Dummy Staff The following message will be shown on the screen to the users while capturing the demographic data of the candidates, the staff and dummy staff:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before capturing his or her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

This message will also be shown while capturing the data at the time of staff registration and while editing/updating the staff details in the IM solution.

 Key Benefits: This is in line with the GDPR regulations to seek the necessary Consent from the users for the usage of the personal data.

 

Displays the notification during the dummy candidates registrations

Assessment Examination Center (AEC) – GDPR Changes

Feature Description
Displaying notification during the Dummy Candidate Registrations In IT Manager console, while registering the dummy candidate, following message will be displayed on the screen:

Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before capturing his or her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.

Removal of Personal Details of Candidates Candidate personal details such as Candidates Phone Number, Email Address, Date of Birth have been removed from the Candidate Profile in the Candidate Console.
Displaying notification during the End Drive of Online / Offline Assessments In IT Manager console, following message will be shown while doing the End drive for both the Online (LBA) and Offline (Question Paper Delivery) Assessments:

In case of any issues, the personal data entered in the below fields might be used for Identification/Communication purpose.

Key Benefits: This is in line with the GDPR regulations to seek the necessary Consent from the users for the usage of the personal data.

 

DIMENSiON April 2018 | Assessment

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Conducting Hindi typing test in iLEON is now simpler

Feature: Introducing Remington Layout Support in iLEON OS

Description: In this release, Remington Layout has been moved to iLEON OS for typing test. Starting now, it is possible to conduct Hindi Typing Test in iLEON OS using Remington keyboard layout.

Key benefits: Ability for the users to conduct Hindi Typing Test in iLEON using Remington Keyboard Layout.

 

Internet Based Assessment (IBA)

Personal and confidential data of the user are now self-consent

 A) GDPR Related Changes

 During Candidate Verification process:

In the proctored Internet Based Assessments, the candidates’ identity information will be captured in the system during the process of verification at the test centers. The following message will be displayed to the users while capturing the identification details of the candidates:

“Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering his/her personal data. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.”

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Verify Candidates.

While capturing the details of the Scribe:

During the Internet Based Assessments, as a special need, the candidates can be accompanied by the scribe. In such cases, the name, email address and the contact number of the accompanying scribe will be captured in the system. The following message will be displayed to the users while capturing the details of the scribe:

“Please ensure you have the individual’s explicit consent before entering the personal data of the scribe. This consent is required for the collection and use of personal data for identification purposes.”

Screen: ASM >> Online Assessment >> View Dashboard >> Special Needs.

 

B) Additional Capabilities in Analytics

  • Homepage in reports – Displays overall analysis and includes details like candidate score/cut-off/percentage/accuracy/date of exam/exam start time/end time.

 

  • The homepage will be configurable with an image – Any image can be created on the home page in the HTML format.

 

  • Complete candidate profile will be displayed on the Home page – This includes Name/DOB etc.

 

  • In preparedness analysis- Performance levels will be shown in the report (Excellent/Moderate/Poor etc.)

 

  • Preparedness analysis will be added to overall performance analysis, currently, it is at the section level. Performance level also will be displayed.

 

  • Performance category (Excellent/Moderate/Poor) can be configured as an overall report level.

 

Displaying of colors based on the accuracy percentage made configurable along with the comments.

 

Educational solutions and digitized examinations are expected to change the scenario in India

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How your cloud-based educational solutions and digitized examinations are expected to change the scenario in India?

In case of digital examination and assessment, the value is very clear. We have a predefined field with which the examinations can be conducted and the results can be deployed. We are eliminating the chances of question paper and other information being compromised, we are ensuring harnessing evaluation and selection. We are also ensuring that enormous amount of transparency is brought in every aspect of the platform. These are some of the distinct keys by which we can ensure the cloud-based platforms.

In each one of the platforms, the approach we will take in order to change the scenario will be very different. We can look at various digital learning platforms and ensure that they are able to make learning ultra-modern by different modes of learning brought together. We will make and blend as learning is not just a single mode, we will bring in modern day learning to make the journey very personal based on the capabilities of the learner.

How TCS iON will impact the digital industry arena and consumers as an IT-as-a-service platform?

TCS iON Digital Assessment is one of the world’s largest platform in terms of the number of candidates. Today, more than 80% of any competitive assessment and recruitment happens on TCS iON digital platform.

So, we will ensure that using the key characteristics that I explained, we will approach domain by domain. Similarly, we will transform it using digital technology like cloud, mobility, and artificial intelligence.

iON’s Digital Assessment has made significant digital impact in India by helping some of the most important high stakes recruitment and selection assessments in the country to become more transparent and efficient through leveraging digital technologies. Such transformations have wide-reaching social implications in terms of enhanced quality and integrity of selection and recruitment outcomes for some of the most important services and academic institutes in India.

Like iON Digital Assessment platform, today we are focused on building an innovative blended learning platform supported by deep last mile reach that will help make high quality learning more accessible and democratic even for the remotest areas in the country. Such platforms have high potentials to add strong impetus and catalyse flagship programmes such as Skill India.

As organizations, we remain focused on exploring continuous innovations that leverage our key strengths of IT-as-a-Service business model and robust last mile reach and accessibility towards creating a platform for high impact solutions such as high quality and convenient service delivery for citizens.

Till date how has TCS iON impacted the consumer?

Till date, we have completed more than 100 million candidate assessments. We have candidates in India as well as outside. We have also conducted the world’s largest single shift exam for one of our customers in India. Also, we have come up with many innovations and look forward to bring more significant transformations possibly impacting the IT and educational landscape in the country.

Source: Dataquest Magazine. www.dqindia.com

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Interactive teaching methodologies for Gen-Z

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In any sector, change and transformation are driven by customer expectations. The education sector is no different, with the customer being the student. The student entering the portals of academia today is very different from a student of even five years ago.

Today’s young students are digital natives, with most of them accustomed to accessing information more instantaneously via search engines. They are also able to participate in collaborative studies via online forums or even group chats. This generation spends maximum time exposed to screens (like TV and smartphones) and consume dynamic content (like YouTube). They are more engaged with multimedia than with textbooks and would expect the same kind of interaction in the classrooms.

Informed curiosity

The freedom of the internet means learning can be unstructured. This generation is driven by ‘informed curiosity’ and are happy to source information on topics outside of their curriculum. Moreover, many students are already comfortable with non-classroom-based learning, that is, distance and online education.

Enrolment in distance learning has grown steadily over the last five years in India. From around 1.8 million students enrolled for distance learning Bachelor’s degrees in Arts, Commerce and Science in 2011-2012, the number has grown to around 2.3 million in 2015-2016.

In recent years, the education landscape has transformed immensely with the entry of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Some of the biggest MOOCs already have thousands of courses and millions of users enrolled in many of the courses they offer. The reason for the popularity is not difficult to find: online courses are often seen as a more affordable and convenient route to education.

In the midst of this shifting landscape, how will Indian universities meet the changing expectations of Gen Z? When this tech-savvy generation sets foot in colleges, they expect dynamic content and interactive teaching methodologies. They also expect connected campuses, instant services like mail or text communication for important notifications, and the facility to download mark sheets and certificates.

What they face is vastly different. Most university campuses in India are still burdened with legacy structures and facilities. One-way communication with professors, and assignments to be done on paper are just some aspects that still continue despite immense growth that the sector has seen technologically.

Clearly, the gap between what Gen Z expects and the infrastructure available in universities is huge. Apart from the need to meet customer expectations, there’s another strategic reason for universities and colleges to move to digital platforms — the huge opportunity offered by India’s young demographic.

The untapped market in education is huge. Currently about 34.6 million Indian students enrol annually for an undergraduate degree. Yet, in 2015-2016, India’s Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) stood at 24.5%. It means that 75% of our youth are not able to gain access to undergraduate education. The 2011 census data shows that around 41% of India’s population is below the age of 20 years. As India grows younger, the demand for educational facilities will increase.

There is a huge demand-supply gap in India’s educational infrastructure. Meeting this demand will require immense funding and other resources. India does not have the physical infrastructure to handle millions of new students. But digital platforms have no such constraints. If India’s universities could adopt a blend of brick-and-mortar methods and digital platforms, they will be able to grow their student base significantly.

Interestingly, the receiving mechanism is already in place. India has an estimated 300 million smartphone users and smartphones hold tremendous potential as a delivery platform for learning. It’s clearly time for Indian universities to build their digital wings. Going digital will allow universities to grow their student bases beyond the limits of their physical buildings.

Moreover, digital education can be easily customised and updated to ensure accuracy, transparency, and consistency. By transitioning, Indian universities will also be able to demonstrate their relevance in a digital India.

(The author is global head –
TCS iON, Mumbai)

Credits : Deccan Herald

DIMENSiON February 2018 | Assessment

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Reduce malpractices before and after the launch of the assessment

  • Feature: New Parameter Submitted At Instructions Page.
  • Description: The candidates read the instructions page before starting the assessment. The administrators can now force submit a candidate’s assessment while the candidate is on the instructions page. The status of such candidates will be submitted to the instructions page. The total number of such candidates can be viewed in assessment overview section on the assessment dashboard.
  • Key benefits:

1) Provision to force submit the assessment of candidates who leave the examination while on the instruction page.

2) Provision to force submit the assessment of candidates who are caught performing malpractices after the candidates logged in and before they launch the assessment.

 

Detailed Candidate Subscription Report for Administrators.

  • Feature: Enhancements In Subscription Report.
  • Description: Following columns have been added to the Candidate Subscription report.
  1. Current status
  2. Current attempt id
  3. Allowed attempts
  4. TC id
  5. Slot start time
  6. Slot end time
  7. Verification status
  8. Zoom enabled
  9. Scribe accompanied
  10. Scribe name
  11. Scribe mail id
  12. Scribe contact number
  13. Subscription status
  • Key benefits: Provides additional details to the administrator about the candidates

 

Enhanced verification process before the start of the assessment

  • Feature: New filters to search candidates in the Verify candidates screen.
  • Description: Following new filters have been introduced in the Verify candidate screen:
  1. Scheduled Start Date
  2. Scheduled End Date

You can use these filters to perform the candidate verification process for the upcoming exams.

Additionally, the filters Start Date and End Date have been renamed to Verification Start Date and Verification End Date.

  • Key benefits: Enables the candidate verification process to be carried out in advance.

 

Verification process is now simpler.

  • Feature: The Start/Resume Assessment button and the Status Reverification.
  • Description: The administrators have two options during the process of the verification:
    • Save: The identity details of the candidate are captured in the system.
    • Approve: The candidates can start the assessment only if the admin clicks on ‘Approve’. The candidates can also resume the assessment only if the admin clicks on ‘Approve’ in case the system is locked due to any interruptions.

With this release, administrators can also use Start/Resume Assessment button to allow the candidates to resume the examination if the system is locked during the examination.

This button will allow the candidate to start/resume the assessment only if the identification details of the candidates are entered into the system.

Hence, only the candidates with the verification status as Verified/Partially Verified/Reverification can start/resume the assessment.

The alerts will be displayed on the screen appropriately on click of the respective buttons for all above scenarios.

Additionally, the candidate verification status ‘Pending’ has been renamed to ‘Reverification’.

Now, when a candidate starts the examination, the status of the candidate will automatically change to pending. With this, the candidates will not be able to relaunch the assessment without the knowledge of the administrator. This restricts appearing for the assessment outside the test venue.

  • Key benefits: Administrators can perform the candidate verification process and allow the candidates to start and resume the examination.

 

Highlights of the month –

1.Feature: Auto-populate Identification Details and The Verification Status.

  • Description: While verifying the candidates, in Identification Details, the administrators select the identification card details and the verification status manually.

With this release, the administrators need the identification card details will be auto-populated when only one identification document is required. The verification status will be Verified by default. The administrators can update the verification status as required.

Additionally, the Add row button will be disabled when only one identification card is required and the number of attempts is also one.

  • Key Benefits: Improves the verification process and overall time taken.

 2.Feature: Display candidate verification and whitelisting details information. 

  • Description: The detailed description of the Verify Candidates screen and process of whitelisting the URLs for the secured assessment are now available in the concerned pages during the verification and during the assessment configuration.
  • Key Benefits:
    • For secured assessments, the users can view the pre-requisites to conduct the examinations behind the firewall and the list of URLs to be whitelisted.
    • Increases awareness about the functionality of the verification process and impact of the action taken.

3.Feature: Option to Bypass Verification.

  • Description: In secured assessments, the candidates are verified using the specified identity cards on the examination day. The administrators enter the identity details of the candidates and approve them. A new option to bypass the verification process for a candidate has been introduced.

In Verify candidates screen, Bypass Verification button will be displayed, when configured for the assessment. With this option, administrators can skip the candidate verification process and allow them to start the examination.

  • Key Benefits: Provision to skip the candidate verification process. 

 4.Feature: Display two photographs of the candidate on Candidate Console.

 Description: With this release, the candidate console will display two photographs of the candidates. These photographs are the ones that are,

  • Captured at the time of candidate registration and
  • Captured on the day of the exam during the verification process, a part of the proctored assessment.
  • Key Benefits: Helps the IT Manager or Invigilator to verify the candidates and avoid any impersonation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TCS iON to launch ‘Phygital’ to offer vocational training across country

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TCS iON which started as a cloud service unit of TCS in 2011 has since grown to become one of the largest digital assessments.

TCS, India’s biggest Information Technology (IT) services company, is betting big on vocational training harnessing the strength of iON, the company’s digital training unit.Starting from the third-week of February, TCS iON has announced the launch of “phygital” project, an ambitious initiative which intends to leverage both the physical and digital infrastructure to offer vocational courses in far-flung areas across the country.This initiative closely follows the Central government’s focus on digitalizing the classroom which was outlined in the Union Budget presented earlier this month.“Our batches have started in mid-Feb and as of now, we are imparting training for two job roles – business development executive and stewards in hospitality sector. While we are looking at integrating with government schemes, we will continue to expand the portfolio of courses through the year,” said Venguswamy Ramaswamy, Global Head – TCS iON. As per this model, the digital infrastructure will be provided by TCS iON while for physical set up, it will partner with corporates and training & content providers.iON which started as a cloud service unit of TCS in 2011 has since grown to become one of the largest digital assessments and examination platforms with most of the premier entrance examinations being managed and hosted on the iON infrastructure today.Ramaswamy also said that TCS iON’s recently launched Academic Hub programme for universities will soon see partnerships from foreign universities. “In the next few months, you will see Academic Hub integrating courses from foreign universities who want to offer learning here. We are currently working towards making these courses more affordable,” he said.Academic Hub connects universities in need of speciality courses with faculties located in different locations who can teach the courses using TCS cloud infrastructure.In the Union Budget 2018, the Central government has announced an initiative called “Revitalising Infrastructure and Systems in Education by 2022” with a total investment of Rs 1000 billion. A major focus of this programme would be on digitising education.

Ramaswamy says apart from the budgetary provision to strengthen the education infrastructure, the government is also promoting educational programs like Shiksha and Eklavya which give enough scope to harness the power of digital solutions in education.“The adoption of analytics is reasonably low in the education sector here and will catch up in another couple of years. Also, usage of augmented reality and virtual reality in content creation for learning to create 3D animated lessons will be of particular interest here,” he said.He added that the digital push in education has also resulted in higher demand for ERP solutions to streamline the financial aspect of educational services. iON has seen increasing requests for ERP solutions in the education covering the entire spectrum starting from admissions to even alumni management.iON is currently focused on improving their B2C offerings in education and allied services. Ramaswamy said, TCS is currently giving the final shape to its marketplace model called App Hub. “The intent is to give opportunities to startups with specific applications to meet needs of the education sector whose biggest challenge is the lack of opportunities to showcase their offerings,” he said.TCS iON conducts over 80 per cent of high scale examinations in the country through its digital infrastructure and has 5,742 examination centers across 607 cities in India. Its digital assessment centre is Kolkata is said to be the largest of its kind across the world.

Courtesy: Business Standard
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