|Assessment Options||Potential Impact on Student Performance and Well-Being|
|If you are able to give an alternative assessment as your final exam, consider:|
|(1) Online alternative low-stakes assignment* (e.g., reflection on course learning) submitted and graded via Canvas for either full points or no points (i.e., only 2 grade possibilities).||This equitable practice likely decreases anxiety in all students due to the low-stakes nature (i.e., full points, no points) of the assignment, particularly for those with positive prior experience writing reflections. A well-written reflection prompt may also allow students to demonstrate their learning in a more nuanced way|
(2) Online closed or open-book alternative assessment or assignment*
|Likely increase or decrease in anxiety based on students’ prior experiences with the type of online alternative assessment or assignment selected. The open-book alternative addresses equitable practice concerns and may be preferred in time of disruption that causes students to experience stress.|
(3) Online optional assessment or assignment* All students have the choice to
For lower-performing students: This equitable practice offers lower-performing students the opportunity to improve their final grade in the course. Students could also do more poorly, especially if the instructor chooses options 4, 5 or the closed-book version of option 2.
For higher-performing students: Potential reduction in study workload if they accept current grade; opportunity to focus on classes that they need more time to study for.
|If you need to preserve your final exam in its original form, consider:|
|(4) Online, unproctored exam* (i.e., open book,
open notes) using Qualtrics or Canvas quizzes
|Likely increase in anxiety for students new to the online testing environment. Anxiety
somewhat attenuated by the exam’s open book, open note status. Open book/notes
decrease summative function of the exam, but this issue may be outweighed by the exam’s potential to promote additional learning. This practice is more equitable than 5, below.
|(5) Online, proctored exam using Examity
Note: This option is only recommended for
instructors with previous experience giving
online exams and knowledge of virtual proctoring. Support for this option may be limited in the short-term, and instructors may experience wait times for exam set-up.
|Likely increase in anxiety for students new to the online testing environment and compressed
timeline for learning new technology; also, students may lack workspace and/or technology to carry out an uninterrupted, proctored exam. Students may already be experiencing high stress due to public health concerns, and a high stakes exam may exacerbate this, resulting in poor performance.
* Recommend giving students a full 8-hour day to take their exam. Exam should be done in one sitting.