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Digital assessment from home (remote)

Digital exams can be taken from home. This can be particularly convenient when it is difficult to book an on-campus room, if (a part of) your students are abroad, or if you want to allow students to work together during the exam.

Fraud prevention

Needless to say, invigilators cannot be present for a remote exam. However, there are several other options to reduce fraudulent behavior:

  • Full screen mode. This will prohibit students from consulting other website pages or programs. This option is not without weak spots. Students can, in theory, have an extra monitor or laptop, or use their mobile phone.
    Note: full screen cannot be used for open book exams since students are of course allowed to use other programs to access their course materials. 
  • TurnitIn plagiarism check on open questions. This is integrated in Remindo. 
  • Randomize the order of the questions for each student, or create a question pool from which each student receives a random set. 
  • Set a tight time limit so students do not have the time to look up answers. 

Note: Online proctoring is no longer facilitated by the university from the start of the 2023-2024 academic year.

If possible, we recommend setting up your exam in such a way that students are asked to apply knowledge in order to prevent answers from being too easy to look up. Open book exams, for example, are especially suitable for remote exams. 

Alternatively, give students the option to take their exam in groups. By having students discuss the questions, you stimulate conversations about the course materials. Students can then formulate their own answers based on the discussions with their fellow students or all hand in the same answers (which can save you a lot of time on grading). See also Victor Gijsbers' best practice

Submit your request for a digital exam to ECOLe as soon as the location, date, and time are known.

Online Proctoring

Online proctoring is no longer facilitated by the university with the start of the academic year 2023-2024.

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