Online Assessment Strategies: Insights from Recent Studies
Dr. Molly P.M. WONG, School of Biomedical Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong; Dr. Florence M.K. TANG, School of Biomedical Sciences, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Abstract / Video
Traditionally, tests/exams are key components to assess and monitor students’ learning and academic progress. The standard pen-and-paper format is usually adopted to test students’ understanding on the subject matter in proctored tests/exams. To ensure academic integrity and fairness, students are arranged in classrooms to complete the tests/exams in proctored environments to prevent cheating.
In view of the outbreak of COVID-19, the University recommended teachers to conduct online assessments. Based on these criteria, we revised our assessment schemes for our course, SBMS1432 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. It was a big challenge as changing the assessment format into an online mode involved a tremendous amount of effort to ensure the success of systemic computer technology approach when compared with traditional written assessment.
In our presentation, we will discuss and share our experiences about our assessment strategies, and how we managed to maintain academic integrity for the online assessments. There was a total of three multiple-choice question online tests/exams. We designed and conduced them in various formats, a) display all questions at a time, b) display questions one at a time, and c) randomize the order of questions/answers. Furthermore, we adopted three different combinations of invigilation methods, i) Blackboard with Zoom monitoring, ii) Lockdown Browser with Response Monitor plus Zoom monitoring, and iii) Lockdown Browser with Zoom monitoring.
To conclude, it is important to ensure a stable internet connection, provide clear and detailed instructions and guidelines to both students and invigilators with test trials in advance, and a smooth systemic invigilation process.