Revisit Your Assessment
  • We aim to help you consider how to adapt your course assessments in times of crisis and when standard Face-to-Face teaching is interrupted.

    When considering assessments under changing circumstances, here are a few criteria to support an effective approach:

    - Define the goal(s) of the assessment. What specific knowledge or skills are you evaluating?
      What do you want students to learn or be able to do?
    - Consider equivalent alternatives. What adaptations or alternatives will provide students with
      opportunities to demonstrate what they have learned?
    - Be as clear as possible. Grade-related anxiety may increase during times of uncertainty.
      Clarifying the goal of an alternative as well as how you will evaluate students' learning will help
      align expectations and alleviate stress.
     
    Below are alternatives to several common approaches to assessment:

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​EXAMS AND QUIZZES:

    Exams through Moodle offer opportunities for students to complete timed and untimed exams. Here are some tips for the instructor to ensure administerling quizzes and exams in a secure way:

    • Increase the question pool to have random selection for each student to minimize the chances of having similar questions.
    • Limit the time window of the exam (open and close quiz time) so your students will start and finish at the same time.
    • Give appropriate time for the exam to keep students focused. Giving extra time will open the window for Students to start chatting.
    • In addition to using different question types, such as multiple choice, True/false, matching, missing word, essay, use calculated questions to have different variable numbers for each student instead of having the same variable for all.
    • Use the safe exam browser (SEB) to lock down students' personal laptops. This will prevent students from browsing the Internet and accessing other files on their personal devices.
    • Fill the Support Request Form for further assistance on using quizzes in Moodle.

     

    PAPERS AND OTHER WRITING ASSIGNMENTS:

    • Students may submit their written assignments and receive instructor feedback through Moodle.
    • Instructors may enable Turnitin (the plagiarism prevention system) on the assignment activity to receive the similarity report on each student submission.
    • To facilitate peer feedback, students may exchange feedback via WebEx following the link: AUB WebEx web portal for more live discussion.
    • For group assignments, consider using assignment activity on Moodle.

     

    IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS:​

    • Students may record a presentation and share the recording link on Moodle. Instructors have the option to share presentations with others in the course if peer feedback is part of the assignment.
    • Presenting live via WebEx following the link: AUB WebEx web portal is also an option. Students may present to the whole class or a subset of peers.​
    • For a non-video option, consider asking students to upload a PowerPoint and/or script of their presentation on Moodle.


    DISCUSSION FORUMS AND REFLECTIONS:​

    • You may provide students with readings (case studies, articles, book chapter) and ask them to answer questions, you propose, in the discussion forum.
    • Chosen students can also initiate discussion questions to others in the class. The rest of the class will then add their input through comments.​
    • Students can also be graded based on their replies to their peers’ postings.
    • Reflective questions over a specific topic can be an assessment of students’ understanding of the delivered lesson.
    • Discussion forums can also be restricted to specific groups, if your objective is to assess group deliverables. Only you and the specified group will have access to the discussion. The rest of the students will be restricted from reading the private groups discussions.


    One assessment approach may not work for everyone during times of changing circumstances, so be flexible when possible. Students who are ill or who face technical challenges with remote alternatives should be accommodated. Moreover, it is recommended that you revisit your grade distribution during this period of time. Remember that our priorities are the health and success of our students.



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