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Paper: Assessing Students Online: Challenges and Best Practices
Volume: 531, ASP2020: Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement
Page: 222
Authors: Buxner, S. R.; Wenger, 2. M.; Wallace, C.; McIntosh, D. H.
Abstract: Understanding what students know is important for instruction to both understanding student learning as well as evaluating the impact of instruction. Now that many instructors are teaching online owing to COVID-19, there is the additional constraint of online assessment that poses challenges, especially for high-stakes assessments. In this panel we shared an overall discussion of assessment to explore several important topics. We shared strategies and examples of ways to administer exams online that allows for enforcing time limits as well as ways to mitigate cheating. We discussed alternative ways to assess students to elicit high level thinking. Lastly, we shared perspectives on rethinking high stakes assessments altogether from an equity lens and provide an equity-minded assessment example that had positive student outcomes. Panelists discussed the pros and cons of traditional high-stakes exams and alternative practices being used to assess students' mastery of course skills, content knowledge, and engagement.
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