Tip Sheet: Rethinking Assessments for Remote Teaching
If you are conducting online Tests/Exams, consider rewriting exams with questions that are more “ungoogleable” and explicitly make exams open book/open source.
Tips for crafting questions:
- Ask students to cross-reference information. For example, what does what we learned in unit A interact with or inform unit B?
- Students have to defend a previous position they’ve taken in the course (i.e. refer back to previous assignments they’ve submitted).
Here are some considerations for Tests/Exams in Canvas:
- Canvas offers a timer option to set a time limit for students taking a test online. However, it is important to note that internet connectivity issues on the student side can cause premature submission and/or an incorrect rendering of time spent on the test. For this reason, we urge caution using the timer on Canvas exams.
- If relevant for your exam context, you can consider using Proctorio, a proctoring solution integrated with Canvas, to monitor students taking a test at a distance.
Alternatives to Test/Exams
Consider assigning a project such as:
- Students generate their own questions for the test and provide the answer key
- Students design case studies which could be used by practitioners in the relevant field
- Students write a paper and engage in peer review
- Students create a multimedia presentation to share synchronously or asynchronously
In Canvas, consider using the following for student submissions:
- Turnitin for written submissions (plagiarism detection solution integrated with Canvas assignments)
- Zoom (GU Zoom support site) for presentations or brief explanations of work
- Panopto (GU Panopto support site) for recorded presentations
- VoiceThread (GU Tools & Services site) for asynchronous presentations by students and instructor with multiple feedback options
- Pages in Canvas with student editing access using the Rich Content Editor (Canvas Community site)
- Webcam video recording via Rich Content Editor *(Canvas Community site) in Discussion boards
- Using Alternative Assessments – BYU Center for Teaching and Learning This website describes several options for authentic assessments that help in determining what students can do based on what they know.
- Alternatives to Traditional Testing – Berkeley Center for Teaching and Learning. This website includes ideas for alternative assessments from annotated bibliographies to annotated portfolios to poster sessions.