The use and benefits of a take home exam in accounting education

Maloney, Suzanne (2014) The use and benefits of a take home exam in accounting education. In: 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI 2014), 17-19 Nov 2014, Seville, Spain.


The purpose of this study was to explore the desire, use, benefits and costs of 'take home exams' in assessment as an alternative to an assignment or invigilated exam. There were two motivations driving this need to understand the use of a 'take home exam'. Firstly, our students live in a digital world and need to have the skills to use all technologies this world offers in their application of knowledge. Yet invigilated exams require all digital devices to be left at the door. Assignments tend to be conducted over a larger time period with support from fellow students and teaching faculty available. However, a 'take home exam' gives the student an opportunity to apply their knowledge to a given problem or question on their own, in a short period of time and using all available resources. The skills developed during this process may be different to those required to undertake assignments or invigilated exams. The increased emphasis on job ready skills would naturally favour students applying their knowledge in a real time environment during assessment. The second motivation was more pragmatic and relates to the cost of scheduling, organising and recruiting exam centres and exam invigilators. The rise in distance and on-line education could mean that the use of 'take home exams' could become more wide spread. This type of assessment would not be appropriate for all courses, however, if just a small number of courses were suitable for such assessment there are potential cost savings for institutions and this could help long term sustainability.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 IATED. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2015 05:56
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 23:30
Uncontrolled Keywords: take home exam; assessment; learning
Fields of Research : 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1501 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability > 150199 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130203 Economics, Business and Management Curriculum and Pedagogy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement

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