Remote Exam Time

Posted in Teaching on January 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It’s the day before the start of the January examination period at Maynooth University so I thought I’d do a quick post on the topic of examinations or, as they are right now, online timed assessments. First, for readers elsewhere, full-time undergraduate students at Maynooth what is called 60 ‘credits’ in a year, usually split into two semesters of thirty credits each …” (more)

[In the Dark, 7 January]

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A few things I’ve learned from a Covid semester

Posted in Teaching on November 29th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At the start of this semester, our big issue, apart from safety, was student engagement. How could we keep students engaged when most of their learning was online? One of our ‘solutions’ was to introduce lots of assessments; small, medium and large. We now have so many assessments that we’ve had to develop codes for them: OE, MCQ, LA, MA etc. While I’m in favour of diversity of assessment in general, I think we’ve overdone it …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 29 November]

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‘Higher risk of students cheating in online assessments’

Posted in Teaching on August 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The qualifications standards watchdog has alerted colleges to the greater possibility of students cheating because of the reliance on online assessment due to the impact of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 24 August]

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No Disadvantage Policy ‘Advisory and Not Mandatory’, says UCD School of Law

Posted in Teaching on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Despite University College Dublin’s (UCD) and the Students’ Union’s (SU) claim that no students, particularly final year students, would be left disadvantaged by the implications of COVID-19, some students have exited college with below expected grades. One such student, who asked not to be named, spoke to The College Tribune to share his story as a final year law student …” (more)

[Adam O’Sullivan, College Tribune, 21 July]

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Third-Year Medicine Students Receive Warning After Accusation of Cheating

Posted in Teaching on June 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity medical students have been warned that cheating in their Ear, Nose and Throat exam today may lead to ‘significant disciplinary consequences’ and possibly prevent them from receiving a grade for the module, after a review of yesterday’s Ophthalmology exam concluded that students had likely cheated on it …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 19 June]

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Marking Time

Posted in Teaching on June 12th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“In among all the other things I have to do I’ve just finished marking my portion of examinations and other assessments in time for next week’s Examination Boards. I have to attend two (virtually), one for Theoretical Physics and one for Engineering Mathematics. You may recall that, this year, along with many other universities, we switched from the usual examination format to online timed assessments …” (more)

[In the Dark, 12 June]

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College Moves Four Exams Beyond Designated Exam Period Amid Technical Fears

Posted in Teaching on April 24th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity has made last-minute changes to the scheduling of four real-time exams, meaning students in some modules will sit their exams outside of the designated exam period and in a contingency week previously set aside for the return of assignments …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee and Cormac Watson, University Times, 23 April]

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Ceist na scrúduithe ar líne fós míshocair i measc mic léinn

Posted in Teaching on April 21st, 2020 by steve

“Is tréimhse iontach dúshlánach é do mhic léinn agus léachtóirí araon san Ollscoil, toisc gur fadhb í seo nach raibh aon choinne againn léi. Ba chor gurb í an tseachtain seo caite an tseachtain múineadh deireanaí do chuid mhór na mac léinn Ollscoile in Éirinn ach mar gheall ar an ngalar cuireadh na modúil ar fad ar líne …” (more)

[Conor Brummell, Irish Times, 20 April]

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Minister for Higher Education strongly criticised for slighting college staff on online exams

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2020 by steve

“The Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT) has strongly criticised outgoing Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell-O’Connor, for her failure to acknowledge the huge contribution that lecturers and academic planners have played in developing alternative online arrangements for student examinations due to Covid-19 …” (more)

[IFUT, 10 April]

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Coronavirus Ireland: DCU to bring in flexible exam deadlines

Posted in Teaching on April 9th, 2020 by steve

“Dublin City University (DCU) is introducing flexible exam deadlines this year after a survey found that one in five of its students faced significant internet access difficulties. It is among the measures being implemented to support students as traditional face-to-face exams give way to online assessments in the face of the Covid-19 crisis …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 9 April]

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Trinity rejects ‘no detriment’ policy but approves other measures

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Trinity’s University Council has approved several measures designed to ‘ease pressure’ on students completing assessments during the coronavirus pandemic, but declined to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy. The approved measures include allowing students to defer assessments until the end of the summer and discretionary powers granted to the board of examiners to consider final year students’ overall profile of marks throughout their time at Trinity when marking their work from this term …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 8 April]

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Students’ qualifications will not be undermined by cancellation of exams

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Students have been reassured that qualifications they achieve this year will be valued and regarded exactly the same as in any other year despite the cancellation of traditional exams this year. All further and higher education institutions are replacing assessments in exam centres with alternatives including online exams and written assignments as a result of the coronavirus threat …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Coronavirus: Third-level students will not have to sit traditional exams

Posted in Teaching on April 8th, 2020 by steve

“Third-level students will not have to sit traditional end of year exams, with alternative arrangements being put in place by colleges and universities. Confirming the move on Tuesday, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor said that instead of written, oral and practical assessments in exam centres, students will be offered online tests, written assignments or rescheduling …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 8 April]

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UCC rejects calls for ‘no detriment’ assessment policy

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork (UCC) has rejected calls from students to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy for summer assessments in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The policy, advocated for by the students of several Irish universities and implemented in a number of UK universities, would mean that as long as students receive a passing mark, their overall average grade cannot be brought down by upcoming assessments …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 6 April]

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‘We Have The Necessary Supports’ – UCD Introduces New Measures, Rejecting No-Detriment

Posted in Teaching on April 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“UCD has extended the end of trimester exams by one week in order to give students ‘the best spread of assessments as possible’ and to allow ‘more time to prepare and complete assessments’. A number of assessments will also be altered in order to reflect the position students currently find themselves in. UCD have now hinted that assessments may be graded easier, saying that ‘all results will be considered and reviewed taking account of these challenging circumstances’ …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 6 April]

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A 20 Foot Cable And The Explosion Of Online Cheating

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“Millions of college students are suddenly going to school online, whether they wanted to or not. Testing those students, administering the assessments of these newly displaced students is, well, a major test for the house of academia. That’s because students cheat …” (more)

[Derek Newton, Forbes, 5 April]

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Assessment at a Distance

Posted in Teaching on April 5th, 2020 by steve

“In the light of the Covid-19 restrictions currently in place, Maynooth University has issued updated guidance to students about the rest of the Semester. Of particular concern to students is what will happen to their examinations, usually held in the second half of May …” (more)

[In the Dark, 5 April]

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Academic Integrity in Online Assessment

Posted in Teaching on April 4th, 2020 by steve

“In support of the move to online assessment in the context of Coronavirus Covid19, the following recommendations may be useful in the design and implementation of alternative assessment to minimise concerns about academic integrity …” (more)

[IUA, 3 April]

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Petition to implement ‘no detriment’ policy in DCU hits over 1,000 signatures

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A petition to get DCU to implement a ‘no detriment’ policy due to students working from home has passed over 1,300 signatures on The policy, which would be brought in to alleviate pressure brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, would apply for all end of semester exams or final assignments …” (more)

[Tadgh McNally, The College View, 31 March]

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IT Tralee students won’t sit end of semester exams

Posted in Teaching on March 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students of the Institute of Technology Tralee will not be sitting end of semester exams this summer. It’s revealed in a letter issued to students today by Acting Vice President of Academic Affairs and Registrar, Aileen Kennedy …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 31 March]

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