Oral examinations ¿ A way to turn them into a good counterpart of the written ones

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CONGRESO Oral examinations ¿ A way to turn them into a good counterpart of the written ones

Abstract

As soon as the number of students registered in a given matter turns out to be fairly high, oral examinations are generally considered as a non-affordable assessment procedure. Therefore, the benefits this kind of assessment could provide are unavoidably rejected. However, under the Bologna approach, and the need and convenience of setting a comprehensive assessment system, the authors have revised barriers and difficulties and have devised a way to take things on. For three years now, they have been performing oral examinations in subjects with more than 200 students registered, and the outcomes have been equally positive and encouraging. The paper presents the key points that have made oral examinations a successful tool ¿ organization, software application to support the whole procedure, etc. Outcomes are also evaluated. Finally, conclusions are presented. As it will be highlighted, in spite of the several difficult aspects oral examinations imply, the positive ones are much larger, and the real reason why authors plan to keep them in the long-term.