Sunday, 1 July 2018

Maintaining Integrity In Online Tests

Crafting an online quiz could be a tough task. Rigid tests like disallowing students to review their own answers could hinder learning and may actually be counter-productive. It is important to know the goals of the quiz prior to making its structure. It is hard to make sure that students do not cheat during the examination. Criminal activities can, however, be curtailed with a little effort. It follows that quiz settings must be thoroughly reviewed. One way is to jumble the order so that different students get the same question paper-but the questions are in a different order.

Other than questions, you can shuffle the answers as well. Randomize both questions and answers. Choosing the only answer shuffle option will shuffle answers but the questions will come in the same order to all students. A time limit is another option to minimize cheating. This restricts the quantity of time a student enjoys for each question. The time could vary as per the complexity of the question. It is to be kept in mind that giving excess time will enable students to consult each other. They may also share answers. You can allow multiple attempts on the same question or once only. 

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