5 Tips on Revamping Tests and Assignments for Remote Instruction
There are several challenges to moving high-stakes tests to a remote teaching environment. Students do not all have access to reliable broadband internet, and some may experience instability when taking a longer online exam. As a result, high-stakes tests when teaching remotely may be especially stressful for students and create additional work for faculty, who must consider whether a student request to complete an interrupted exam can be allowed. There are also challenges to maintaining academic integrity in a remote testing environment.
For all of our recommendations below, consider the key learning outcomes and conceptual knowledge you want students to demonstrate when selecting the approach that works best for your course. To help you think through options, we have compiled recommended alternatives to high-stakes testing and assignments that can help reduce stress for you and your students, while also reducing the impact of academic integrity violations. These alternatives may not scale to your class size, or may not fit with your course; however, you may find suggestions that help you to reduce the “stakes” for your final exam or to reorganize your assessment structure.
Before you read through these tips, please consider our top advice first: