This guide will cover considerations, techniques and resources for addressing assessing students and maintaining academic integrity in an online environment. It will cover both the broader pedagogical conversations, course design, along with specific tools.
It is likely that some people accessing this guide are looking for specific tools in order to replicate the type of tests, quizzes, and assessments they implemented in face-to-face classes (Don’t worry resources are below). It may be helpful to first take a second to consider some of the broader issues before getting to those tools.The majority of literature to emerge from the mass shift to online teaching agrees that most academic integrity issues can be addressed better through the design of the course and rethinking approaches to assessment, than any technological tool. That is not to say that you should not be concerned about cheating or implement reasonable safeguards, but if you are relying solely on technological tools to prevent cheating it is a sisyphean task.
Don’t just rely on online testing for assessing individual students. Make sure you have at least 2 other methods of evaluation (i.e. essay, discussion participation, real time online chat session). Becoming familiar with the security measures available through Cougar Courses or specialized software (password for access, automatic randomization of questions, time limits for tests) will be helpful in promoting academic honesty.
Ohio State Keep Teaching: Alternatives to Exams and Finals Workshop (This google doc has a table of contents and time stamps).