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Al-Saleem S.M.,King Saud University | Al-Saleem S.M.,National Center for Assessment in Higher Education | Ullah H.,National Center for Assessment in Higher Education
Scientific World Journal | Year: 2014

Many organizations and institutions around the globe are moving or planning to move their paper-and-pencil based testing to computer-based testing (CBT). However, this conversion will not be the best option for all kinds of exams and it will require significant resources. These resources may include the preparation of item banks, methods for test delivery, procedures for test administration, and last but not least test security. Security aspects may include but are not limited to the identification and authentication of examinee, the risks that are associated with cheating on the exam, and the procedures related to test delivery to the examinee. This paper will mainly investigate the security considerations associated with CBT and will provide some recommendations for the security of these kinds of tests. We will also propose a palm-based biometric authentication system incorporated with basic authentication system (username/password) in order to check the identity and authenticity of the examinee. © 2014 Saleh M. Al-Saleem and Hanif Ullah. Source


Alsaleem S.M.,King Saud University | Ullah H.,National Center for Assessment in Higher Education
2015 International Conference and Workshop on Computing and Communication, IEMCON 2015 | Year: 2015

The use of computer and internet or web-based applications to assess the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of different participants from different backgrounds and different specialties around the globe is now widespread. In this paper we will evaluate different computer and web-based testing tools for test and item development, implementation, scheduling, delivery, grading and reporting purposes. We will analyze these tools based on importing and exporting capabilities they have, security they provide during the exam, different test delivery options, statistical analysis of results and reporting options they support. Based on these certain criteria and practical experience with the tools we will draw a conclusion that which tool is better for low-stake exams and which tool is better for high-stake exams. © 2015 IEEE. Source


Al-Saleem S.M.,King Saud University | Al-Saleem S.M.,National Center for Assessment in Higher Education | Ullah H.,National Center for Assessment in Higher Education
Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Science and Education, ICCCSE 2014 | Year: 2014

Many organization and institutions around the globe are planning to move their paper-and-pencil based tests to computer-based tests. However, this conversion will not be the best option for all kind of exams and it will require significant resources and security aspects. These Security aspects may include but are not limited to the identification and authentication of examinee, the risks that are associated with cheating on the exam, and the procedures related to test delivery to the examinee. This paper will mainly investigate the security considerations associated to CBT. Also we will also propose a palm-based biometric authentication system incorporated with basic authentication system (username/password) in order to check the identity and authenticity of the examinee. © 2014 IEEE. Source


El-Kady M.,King Saud University | Alsadaawi A.,National Center for Assessment in Higher Education | Al-Zahrani S.,King Saud University | Ajbar A.,King Saud University
International Journal of Electrical Engineering Education | Year: 2014

This paper presents the main features of a study carried out by the higher education authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for developing a practical framework for formulating and assessing learning outcomes in electrical engineering education. The proposed learning outcomes were based on a compilation of different international accreditation frameworks. The formulated learning outcomes were grouped into four learning areas: (1) engineering sciences, (2) engineering analysis and investigation, (3) engineering design and (4) engineering practice. The paper also presents the main elements of a proposed standardized exit exam to test the developed learning outcomes. A table of specification was constructed that maps the developed learning outcomes with the test questions distributed over various learning levels. It allows the transformation of the developed learning outcomes into balanced questions to be used in an exit exam. The paper also discusses the implications of the proposed exit exam on electrical engineering education, and presents the results of a trial exam carried out recently. Source


Sharaf M.,King Saud University | Alsadaawi A.,National Center for Assessment in Higher Education | Elmadany M.,King Saud University | Al-Zahrani S.,King Saud University | Ajbar A.,King Saud University
International Journal of Engineering Education | Year: 2013

The rapid industrialization of the oil rich country of Saudi Arabia has lead to the expansion of its engineering colleges. However, it is perceived by local industrial and academic sectors that changes in the curriculum are not dynamic enough to keep pace with a rapidly-changing marketplace. The objective of this study is to shed some light on these perceptions. This paper reports results of a study carried out in Saudi Arabia for the purpose of ranking generic competencies required from engineering graduates. A questionnaire was designed and sent to engineers working in industry or in academia. The questionnaire included fifty competencies that were grouped into four domains: knowledge and understanding, personal and professional skills, interpersonal skills, and practicing skills. The analysis of the survey data has identified the competencies that are valued by industry and academia. The overall analysis showed that non-technical and attitudinal competencies are being perceived as equally important as technical ones. This is consistent with studies carried out elsewhere in the world. However, some issues such as communication in English language and computer literacy are deemed equally important. The findings of this study may be helpful in identifying the critical soft skills that need to be carefully addressed in any tuning of the current engineering curriculum. © 2013 TEMPUS Publications. Source

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