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Secure Assessment in LEARN

Assessment and evaluation, both online and on paper is never 100% secure and is never 100% cheat proof. However, there are steps you can take to reduce the likelihood that students will attempt to or succeed in cheating in your courses.

Definitions:

Formative assessments are conducted during the learning process in order to assess knowledge as well as improve teaching, student learning, and retention.

Summative assessments are conducted after learning to evaluate knowledge to course outcomes.

Online Cheating is any method used by students to circumvent the regulations or rules applied to your online assessment.  This includes but is not limited to plagiarisms, copying answers, and the distribution of the questions or answer keys.

Formative and Summative assessment often have different requirements to reduce cheating, and as such shifting the weight towards formative assessment away from weighty final exams and other summative assessments can help reduce the effects of cheating.

See recommendations on ways to mitigate the impact of online cheating.

Submit others’ work as their own

Solutions are listed in either the Formative, Summative, or both columns depending on which form of assessment the solution may be beneficial for.

Formative Summative
Increased number of assessments for lower value
Randomization within questions
Randomized question banks
Apply restrictions to feedback/results/notifications

Avoid publisher question banks

Modify questions between deliveries

Open book

Alternate assessment type (presentation, discussion etc.)
Include Academic Integrity Policy
Utilise plagiarism detection software

Receive/send answers from/to other students (by texting, using instant messaging, talking on a phone) while taking a test or quiz

Solutions are listed in either the Formative, Summative, or both columns depending on which form of assessment the solution may be beneficial for.

Formative Summative
Increased number of assessments for lower value
Mix objective (T/F, MC) and subjective questions (SA, LA)
Randomization within questions
Randomized question banks
Apply restrictions to feedback/results/notifications
Appropriate time matched to outcomes
Project based assessment
Modify questions between deliveries
Use a proctor
Alternate assessment type (presentation, discussion etc.)
Include Academic Integrity Policy

Receive answers from a student who has already taken a test or quiz

Solutions are listed in either the Formative, Summative, or both columns depending on which form of assessment the solution may be beneficial for.

Formative Summative
Increased number of assessments for lower value
Randomization within questions
Randomized question banks
Apply restrictions to feedback/results/notifications
Project based assessment
Avoid publisher question banks

Modify questions between deliveries

Include Academic Integrity Policy

Copy other students’ work without permission

Solutions are listed in either the Formative, Summative, or both columns depending on which form of assessment the solution may be beneficial for.

Formative Summative
Increased number of assessments for lower value
Mix objective (T/F, MC) and subjective questions
Randomization within questions
Randomized question banks

Avoid publisher question banks

Alternate assessment type (presentation, discussion etc.)
Include Academic Integrity Policy
Utilise plagiarism detection software

Knowingly plagiarize from an article or book

Solutions are listed in either the Formative, Summative, or both columns depending on which form of assessment the solution may be beneficial for.

Include Academic Integrity Policy
Utilise plagiarism detection software

Use a term paper writing service

Solutions are listed in either the Formative, Summative, or both columns depending on which form of assessment the solution may be beneficial for.

Formative Summative
Increased number of assessments for lower value
Modify questions between deliveries
Use a proctor
Alternate assessment type (presentation, discussion)
Include Academic Integrity Policy

Having alternate user impersonating student while taking assessment

Solutions are listed in either the Formative, Summative, or both columns depending on which form of assessment the solution may be beneficial for.

Formative Summative
Increased number of assessments for lower value
Use a proctor
Advanced security such as lockdown browser
Alternate assessment type (presentation, discussion)
Include Academic Integrity Policy