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A Sandbox Approach to Online Exam Administration

, College of Business Administration, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI, United States

IJOPCD Volume 2, Number 4, ISSN 2155-6873 Publisher: IGI Global


This paper describes eTAP (electronic Test Administration Platform), an innovative software system that is designed to facilitate the administration of Web-based tests and exams. The purpose of the paper is to share the success of the approach, and to promote its further development and use in the e-learning milieu. The eTAP system has been developed by the author for use in their own multi-section, Web-based course in response to the author’s perceived needs in this setting. The software addresses issues of monitoring and attendance, academic honesty (e-cheating), and activity logging in the electronic testing environment. The testing platform provided by eTAP uses a software sandbox approach to exam integrity. That is, once the program is started, the user is limited to specific sanctioned computer functionality and is restricted to a well-defined, relevant region of the Web.


Westin, S. (2012). A Sandbox Approach to Online Exam Administration. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design, 2(4), 49-62. IGI Global. Retrieved September 25, 2022 from .