Examiners’ ICT proficiency level and attitude towards on-screen assessment of public examinations in Nigeria

Examiners’ ICT proficiency level and attitude towards on-screen assessment of public examinations in Nigeria

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Examiners' ICT proficiency level and attitude towards on-screen assessment of public examinations in Nigeria

In Nigeria, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in August 2012 launched the e-marking portfolio on a trial scale preparatory to the full-embrace of the paradigm shift towards examiners’, marking digitally scanned copies of examination scripts on-screen rather than the original paper document. This study therefore, investigated the examiners’, ICT proficiency level and attitude towards on-screen assessment of public examinations. The study adopted survey design. A multi stage sampling technique was employed to obtain a sample of 56 Chief Examiners’,, 388 Team Leaders’, and 530 Assistant Examiners’, across 36 marking venues in Nigeria. Two instruments were used namely, Examiner ICT Proficiency Scale (EICTPS) and Examiner Attitude towards On-screen Assessment Questionnaire (EAOAQ). The data collected were subjected to descriptive statistics and multiple regression analysis. The study found that examiners’, ICT proficiency level was generally low. It was observed that the examiners’, had good perception about on-screen marking accuracy and demonstrated positive attitude towards on-screen assessment of public examinations. Examiners’, factors considered in this study explained 22.3% of the total variance observed in ICT proficiency level. Examiners’, age was positively related to ICT proficiency level. Moreover, examiners’, factors explained 3.3% of the total variance observed in the examiners’, attitude towards on-screen assessment of public examinations. The gender of the examiners was the most potent predictor of examiners’, attitude towards on-screen assessment of public examinations. The findings of this study have implications for technology-driven human capital development in line with global best practices. This study recommends that periodic basic computer appreciation and innovative ICT- based assessment training should be provided for examiners’,. This will help to further engender objectivity, accountability, public trust and confidence in the assessment of public examinations in Nigeria.Key Words: ICT Proficiency, On-screen Assessment, Attitude towards On-screen Assessment, Public Examinations.

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