ReggieNet's Test & Quizzes tool can be used to assess students both during the semester and for final exams. Effectively using this tool requires instructors to consider several variables.
Lengthy exams presented on one page can cause problems, especially if students' internet connections are not reliable. In the past, some students' testing scores have not been recorded properly and have shown "zero" even though they have completed an exam. If you are using the Tests & Quizzes tool for your final exam, take steps to ensure that students can complete and submit exams without technical difficulties:
A complete guide to what you and your students should be aware of when using Test & Quizzes:
Because there is always a concern that students may cheat on an online exam, you may want to think about other ways of assessing the students. Reflecting on why you're giving a particular test and what you'd like to have students learn from the test may help you come up with different types of assessments or assignments.
If you do choose to administer an exam using the Tests & Quizzes tool in ReggieNet, there are some things you can do to enhance academic integrity. However, there is no perfect solution that will inhibit cheating. You should operate under the assumption that an online assessment is, in effect, an open book assessment.
You can adjust several settings in the ReggieNet Tests & Quizzes tool to help maintain academic integrity.
Some research suggests that reminding students about academic integrity at the beginning of an assessment results in less self-reported cheating. Various ReggieNet tools include the option to include a basic honor pledge. When activated, it displays a message, "I will neither give nor receive aid on this assessment," and requires the student to acknowledge before they continue.
Instructors can limit the dates when assessments can be taken. This reduces the amount of time students have to share information.
Instructors can limit the amount of time students have to complete an assessment. Reasonable time limits can force students to rely on their own learning rather than looking up answers. Note: Time limits of 15 minutes or less may cause delays in grades being reported in the ReggieNet Gradebook.
The Tests & Quizzes tool can allow students to see correct answers immediately upon completing a question or upon submitting an exam. However, limiting the amount of feedback while the assessment is in progress can prevent students from sharing answers.
Putting each question on a separate page not only allows students to save their progress more often, it makes it more difficult for students to copy/paste questions and share them with others.
Communicating expectations and test-taking strategies to your students is critical. Share these important tips and this YouTube tutorial with your students: