Flexibility in Assessment
As we consider students attending classes remotely, it's important to realize that not all students will have access to the same technological tools or reliable internet access. Approaching assessment in a variety of ways lets your students know that you acknowledge these differences. This also provides students to show objective mastery in different ways and can often allow for a deeper understanding of topics covered. Consider the suggestions below to diversify the assessments in your course:
Multiple Choice Exams:
- Consider open book/resource and group exams. Be clear about the resources that can be used and ask students to submit a list of resources they used to complete their exam. You can also reconsider the types of questions you are asking. Instead of multiple choice, ask students to analyze images or graphics, find errors in a process, or integrate several course concepts into a single problem.
- Replace exams with a project. Creating milestones for students to submit towards an ongoing final project will keep students on track with a clear outcome in mind.
- Break large exams into many lower-stakes assessments
Student Access to the Course:
- Survey your students early to get an idea of their plans for accessing your course. For international students you will want to make sure you are allowing a full 24 hours of exam availability to provide everyone access.
- If students are accessing your course via a phone or another similar device, ensure you allow multiple types of submissions: doc, pdf, jpg, etc.
Maintaining Academic Integrity
We all know that our current situation and adapting to a new learning environment is challenging for educators and students alike. Stress among many other factors can increase the temptation for integrity violations. In a remote setting it's important to create a community within your classroom with clear expectations of academic integrity. Some useful tips to deter such temptation include:
- Connecting with your students early
- Create a statement of values with student input
- Course standards and expectations are clearly identified
- Choosing the right assessments
- Give academic integrity statement reminders
- Monitor student progress and reach out often (academically and well-being)