Digital transformation in the way students study for exams





The Background

ThiemeMeulenhoff is a publisher that has made the transition to a learning design company. ThiemeMeulenhoff has revitalised learning with students, teachers and publishers in a way to suit every learner.

The company publishes the well-known Dutch ‘Examenbundels’: a learning aid for students who are preparing to take their final exams.

The Need

Given the digital transformation of the final exams, ThiemeMeulenhoff wanted to create an electronic, online system to help students prepare for their exams, while being supervised and guided by their teachers.

With a history of over 100 years of creating products, ThiemeMeulenhoff needed to couple this experience with a methodology that worked with digitalization. There was also a requirement to meet as many technical standards as possible.

Therefore the Digi-Trainer was created.

The Approach

The Digi-Trainer was developed using Scrum methodology, and Trifork guided ThiemeMeulenhoff on this throughout the entire project. The application architecture was based on Java: Spring Framework, Hibernate / JPA, Apache Wicket, and Apache CXF. This platform has served as a basis for more assessment type applications within ThiemeMeulenhoff.

For creating and scoring questions, the IMS Question & Test Interoperability (QTI) specification was used. This meant that ThiemeMeulenhoff could use authoring tools that support QTI.

The Result

The product now differentiates across various levels of education, offering questions at three levels. The teacher is in control of the availability of questions and topics, and can, if necessary, adjust the level for specific students.

After an initial assessment of the student’s level per subject, the system feeds the student a set of uniquely composed questions at that level to practice answering them. If successful, the student is promoted to the practice exams at the highest level.

Business Development Manager

Bert Boerland