Online Partner accepted the challenge and in the fall of 2016, our solution ChromEx went live in Gothenburg. These are the three most important components of our solution.
Avoid training of staff
We came to the conclusion that to avoid additional training, we had to use the knowledge the teachers and students already had. We decided to mimic the behaviour, navigation and design that Google uses in their applications. Google made this easy by releasing a design framework for free, including graphics and icons.
We also believe that the teacher should spend as much time as possible in their primary tool, G Suite. So we built integrations to Google Classroom, Drive, Docs, Calendar etc. The result makes it exceptionally easy to use, and most teachers don’t need any training at all.
The typical exam administration is; who should have done an exam at what time, on what topic and with what resources. With the integration to G Suite, we use the Google accounts that the organization already uses. We also use the Google account for signing into the application, this makes everything easy, familiar and requires no administration. Once the exam is finished the exam is converted into a Google Doc and stored on Google Drive. This makes it easy to find, mark and comment using your existing skills and add-ons.
We can make the application long term affordable by:
- Following the Google material design interface, avoiding costly design work
- User-driven development where we plan and build features by requests from teachers
- ChromEx is built on Google Cloud Platform which is secure by default, scalable and affordable
It started as a collaboration and proof of concept and turned into a new application for digital exams – ChromEx. Since the launch, the use of ChromEx has spread all over the world and has been used to write several million exams. It is continuously developed to adapt to teachers requested improvements and adjustments and now has an impressive set of features.