Closed book exams have been an enduring staple in engineering education. However, during the COVID pandemic, measures to mitigate the pandemic such as the closure of in-person learning and enforced social distancing made it impossible to conduct closed book exams. This situation forced universities to explore alternative forms of assessment that could be administered through the medium of the internet. This included open book exams, individual and group project work, automated online assessments, and oral examinations which were all conducted through the medium of the internet. As the pandemic recedes, it is apparent that these internet-mediated, open book assessments will stay on alongside the old and trusted closed book exam.
The objective of this Special Session is to explore the challenges and opportunities of internet-mediated, open book assessments in Engineering and other quantitative disciplines. Opportunities include the potential for more equity and inclusivity in assessment, and the ability to assess higher order learning more effectively. Challenges associated with these internet-mediated assessments include the increased opportunities for student violation of academic integrity, educators’ lack of experience in designing and administering these assessments, and inequality in internet accessibility.
Participants will look at practical and pedagogical considerations when implementing internet-mediated, open book assessments, including providing pastoral care and support to students during their examination and study periods. Participants will also consider approaches to designing problem sets that assess higher order thinking skills, and that are resilient to academic misconduct. Issues of equity and inclusivity in designing and delivering internet-mediated, open book assessments will also be addressed.
Authors are invited to submit complete papers for the TOE special session. The topics includes the following:
|25 Oct 2021||Abstract submission, Proposals for Special Sessions, Panels and Workshops|
|05 Nov 2021||Notification of Abstracts and Special Sessions acceptance|
|05 Dec 2021||Complete paper upload for accepted abstracts (main conference)|
Submission of complete papers for Special Sessions
Proposals for Panels and Workshops
|15 Jan 2022||Notification of Acceptance|
|31 Jan 2022||Author registration deadline|
Camera-ready submission for all submission types
|28 Mar 2022||Pre-conference Workshops|
|29 Mar 2022||Conference Opening|
|31 Mar 2022||Conference Closing|