MODERN EXAMINATION SYSTEM – A PARADIGM SHIFT FROM MEMORY BASED TO CONCEPTUAL LEARNING: AN EXPERIENCE

N. Fardows1, Z. Nayer2, S. Nayer3

1National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad (PAKISTAN)
2University of Chester (UNITED KINGDOM)
3Foundation University Islamabad (PAKISTAN)
This paper pragmatically investigates the undeniable effects of modern examination system at undergraduate level with a primary focus on conceptual learning. Researchers and scholars around the globe agree that focus of education needs to be shifted from rote learning to conceptual learning, which is only possible with the development of our existing evaluation / assessment system in which the students are primarily dependent on memory based knowledge. In this age of globalization, a computer based modern examination system, by using different valuable modern techniques to enhance students’ conceptual knowledge, has become an essential requirement of the time which shall accord a global value to the evaluation / assessment. In this study, we have discussed how Computer Based Examination (CBE) system can bring about improvement in the degree of learning while testing knowledge base of students by employing conceptual learning techniques. The available results indicate a significant improvement in the conceptual learning of students in real time, analysis of examination free of human bias and saving of precious human hours. Different theories towards assessment and evaluation have been objectively analyzed and used towards bringing improvement in the existing pattern of examination system.