dAppER: decentralised application for examination reviews

Mitchell, Ian ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3882-9127, Hara, Sukhvinder ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1859-1227 and Sheriff, Mohamed (2019) dAppER: decentralised application for examination reviews. 2019 IEEE 12th International Conference on Global Security, Safety and Sustainability (ICGS3). In: 12th International Conference on Global Security, Safety & Sustainability, 16-18 Jan 2019, Northumbria University London, England. e-ISBN 9781538670019, pbk-ISBN 9781538670026. [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1109/ICGS3.2019.8688143)


dAppER is to provide an automated quality assurance mechanism for the internal procedures put in place for the production of exam papers and their respective assessment schemes. Higher Education Providers (HEP) in the UK, or for that matter Universities worldwide, have a duty to meet the quality standards and requirements set out in their respective curricula and programme specifications. Such requirements usually include internal moderation of unseen examination papers and independent review by an external examiner to ensure necessary checks have taken place. These checks are likely to be scrutinised during audit trails. Permissioned blockchain facilitates the secure distribution of the exam paper, whilst maintaining an immutable and trusted ledger for audits. The system allows transparency that is ideal for External Examiners and Auditors to view. A prototype was developed using HyperLedger and implemented on three mock exam papers. The results demonstrate that dAppER can be successfully implemented and provide some insights into whether the development of decentralised applications complements quality assurance systems in general.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: INSPEC Accession Number: 18600033
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 28954
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Depositing User: Ian Mitchell
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2020 10:26
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2021 00:14
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28954

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