LSC-Online has composed a white paper showcasing proctorless assessments. This white paper provides faculty with a perspective on optional methods of assessment.
Proctorless assessments run the gamut from techniques for increasing test security within an online testing environment, to other means of assessments including projects, essays, group work, take-home exams, and ePortfolios. Generally speaking, college students are accustomed to these alternate assessment methods, as they were more likely exposed to them in elementary/secondary schooling. Although these assessments do preclude the need for a proctor, it must be conceded that they are more cumbersome to develop, and take longer to grade than simple multiple-choice questions. However, a satisfying benefit is that these alternate assessments often land higher on Bloom’s Taxonomy, as they tend to assess higher-order cognitive skills. They may also help to mitigate student misuse of test banks, i.e. for cheating, rather than for legitimate study purposes.
For additional information related to assessment planning, check out the Recommended Practices in Online Course Design and Delivery.
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