Grade Inflation ‘Likely’ Down to Shift to Online Exams, Says College

Posted in Teaching on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Inflated grades observed in last year’s exams were ‘likely’ due to the shift to online assessments, Senior Lecturer Kevin Mitchell has said. Percentage marks, he said in an email to this newspaper, were ‘slightly inflated last year, based on a comparison of average yearly grades from 2019/20 to the previous year’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 22 January]

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Trinity has been forced to move exams online due to the coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Teaching on January 16th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students in some departments are unable to submit exams anonymously on Turnitin, instead having to provide their name, student number and exam number, raising concerns about marking. Students usually have the option to anonymise their exams when they are taking place in person, as they are able to hide their name and student number on their exam booklets …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 15 January]

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Online exams prove traditional formats to be arbitrary

Posted in Teaching on January 9th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“It is no secret that online learning has proven to have both advantages and disadvantages. Having the classroom ripped away from students has left many hunched over their laptops at home for what seems to be hours on end …” (more)

[Shannon McGreevy, Trinity News, 9 January]

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Students will also be allowed to resit exams that go towards their final degree, even if they had previously received a passing mark

Posted in Teaching on January 8th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Students will be allowed to defer their exams or essays due as part of the assessment period without providing a reason, and third and fourth years will be able to resit exams if they count towards their final degree mark even if they have achieved a passing mark in the module, College has announced …” (more)

[Cormac Watson and Emer Moreau, University Times, 7 January]

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