Stephen Downes

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This post offers an introduction and background to an alternative assessment toolkit, which as of this writing is yet to be released (watch here). The work is in response to the challenges of assessment created by the pandemic as well as questions surrounding methods requiring surveillance technology. It is framed around Donald Cressey's fraud triangle model, which defines three major factors influencing ethical risk: opportunity, pressure and rationalization. These are significant as we see student say things like "I have to cheat on this paper—if I don't, I'll fail my program, and my life will be ruined!" Elle Ting writes, "instructors' experimentation with alternative assessments in the pivot proved to be an effective and, most important, more humane, equitable, 'people-centred' approach to preventing academic misconduct." Image: ACFE.

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