Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

This is a longish post about issues related to progressive test and exam design. Laura Killam writes, "my exams this term are open book with no time limit. They have a due date but are open for a week or more." Why? The traditional method promotes cheating and raises difficult issues around proctoring. This model turns these problems on their head. "They cannot cheat by talking about the exam or using their resources because the exam was designed to make them do both of those things." Integrity is achieved by focusing on things like evaluation and application rather than testing for content knowledge. It also supports flexibility and choice in the responses.

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