ENSURING INTEGRITY OF ONLINE EXAMINATIONS TO PRODUCE QUALITY EDUCATION
Participants of a virtual workshop on Electronic Assessments (e-Assessments) have disclosed some robust measures that could be deployed by tertiary institutions to ensure the integrity of e-assessments for better outcomes.
Laweh Open University College, Nungua, which represented Ghana in the Workshop, says ingenious methods, including Open Book assessment, randomisation of questions and answers, and oral examinations, otherwise described as Orex, could be used to curb copying and impersonation.
Similarly, applications and tools such as block copy-pasting, identity check, proctoring and plagiarism could all be used to build the integrity of e-Assessments; hence boost confidence in online examinations.
The workshop themed ‘e-Assessment in Tertiary Education: A Pathway Project Follow-on Activity’ drew participants from universities in Ghana, United Kingdom, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania and Mauritius. It focused on four areas, namely, Assessment Integrity, Assessment Software and Technology, E-Assessment for Large Class Number, and Assessments for Practical Subjects.
The workshop was collaboratively organised by The Open University UK (OU) and the African Council for Distance Education(ACDE).
The output from the workshop will inform the development of new-assessment open resources and training materials which will be available to all relevant stakeholders in August 2021 to support teaching and learning.
According to Pathway Project, “Ensuring good quality and rigorous assessment are critical in changing attitudes to online learning and extending the reach and access to quality education online.”