Resources for selecting, designing, and administering assessments in a remote learning
The following presentation provides an overview of these resources. Each video is
20 minutes or less. The full presentation with additional resources in the notes is
also available here for download. After viewing this series, we hope you will:
Reflect on your options for assessing students in your courses,
Consider alternatives to remotely proctored tests, where appropriate,
Understand the resources available to you for testing and alternative assessments
in D2L and other instructional technologies, and
Know the current options and procedures for remote proctoring at APSU.
Video 1 - Selecting Assessments in the Remote Learning Environment
Video 2 - Alternative Assessments
Video 3 - Online Testing Resources
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Open-book tests allow students to use course materials and other resources during
the test. Open-book tests often include questions that require interpretation, application,
or critical thinking.
Considerations When Selecting to Give an Open-Book Test
Questions should be as clear and unambiguous as possible. This can be tricky since
these types of questions can be more subjective.
Open-ended questions may require more grading time. A mix of multiple choice, open-ended,
and other question formats may be best for open book exams. Open-book tests typically
have less questions then closed-book tests.
Exam wrappers (or assignment wrappers) give students a chance to reflect on how they
plan for, study for, and complete an exam or assignment. These short reflective exercises
can give instructors insights into how students study, where they struggle or succeed
in preparing for or completing an exam or assignment.
Exam/assignment wrappers are typically a low-stakes accompaniment to a test or major
assignment. It is recommended, though, that you make them required and/or make them
worth a few points, even if for extra credit, to incentivize students to complete
them and take them seriously.
Utilizing case studies for assessment can give students a chance to demonstrate their
learning in a course by analyzing a scenario (real or imagined) and applying knowledge
and skills to describe, define, evaluate, predict, or solve issues present in the
Case studies can be used for a stand-alone assessment, wherein students write or present
their analysis, individually or in groups. Or, a case study could be the basis of
one or more questions in an exam.
Many disciplines, like business and education, regularly use case study teaching.
However, this method could be used in many different disciplines.
Problem-based learning (PBL) allows students to demonstrate their learning by applying
knowledge in specific context to solve a problem. PBL is often designed as a collaborative
learning experience, with students working in teams. However, it can be designed as
an individual assessment. Problem-based questions can also form the basis of an exam.