Tips to keep preventing and checking fraud when using online assessment methods

Tips to keep preventing and checking fraud when using online assessment methods

Online tests carry an increased risk of unauthorized consultation or collaboration between students. This means that extra attention should be paid to preventing and checking fraud.

  • Inform and warn the students beforehand that attention will be paid to fraud and that fraud will have consequences. For an online exam without the use of proctoring, please include an integrity clause/question (link to documents).
  • Communicate clearly to the students which resources (laptop, tablet, telephone) are and are not allowed to be used for the test.
  • Limit the amount of time to finish and/or upload the exam/assignment. For an online exam without the use of proctoring, please limit the time slot to 3 hrs max, but preferably to 1 -1,5 hrs.
  • (Multiple choice) questions that focus on testing knowledge and understanding are less suitable for an online remote test without the use of online proctoring. Therefore, use an open book exam and ask students to apply, analyze, synthesize or evaluate information. Ensure that the test format in terms of content and skills remains in line with the level of the learning objectives of the course and the associated activities (constructive alignment).
  • Make use of multiple exam versions with different but similar questions. In the online testing system Remindo you can make use of question banks and let the system randomly select questions from that pool.
  • The role of the teacher is crucial in the calibration of the various tutors who help grading. Prevent subjectivity in the grading as much as possible by using rubrics and organizing practice grading sessions.
  • Check the answers of the students afterwards: Any particularities stand out? Similar answers? Different styles or use of language in one answer sheet? Consider what steps might be taken if fraud is detected.
  • Be aware that test questions can be known and shared after the test. Therefore, test questions cannot be reused.