According to communication by the Rector on 30 April 2020 and further confirmed by the Rector’s Decree on 5 May 5 2020, all courses and final exams will continue on-line throughout the Summer session. The possibility of gradually resuming certain exams with physical attendance will be evaluated, in particular for those courses with a limited numbers of students.
The University of Trento offers various methods that permit taking different types of exams remotely. However, these on-line means of examination cannot resolve all the potential issues which arise when transferring from traditional evaluation methods to those conducted remotely. Therefore, whenever possible Professors are also asked to identify and propose alternative evaluation methods.
All students are responsible for respecting the general values and specific conduct stipulated in the Student Honour Code.
For the two computer-based exam formats on Moodle Respondus, all professors: must contact Didattica On-Line to request the activation of their online course on the Moodle – On-Line Exams platform and to plan the whole process (preferably 3 weeks before the exam date).
Oral exams and examination sessions can not be recorded in any way, except for the examination that takes place on Moodle with Respondus - lockdown browser and monitor, for which the system automatically records the session.
As previously noted, these on-line methods of examination cannot resolve all the potential issues which arise when transferring from traditional evaluation methods to those conducted remotely. Whenever possible and compatible with specific requirements by certain academic areas, in general we offer the following suggestions:
- Implement oral examinations as frequently as possible in all cases where normal examination procedures cannot be adapted to the aforementioned methods. The systems utilized for live on-line courses and thesis dissertations have proven effective and easily accessible without too many obstacles for the university community.
- Use mixed assessment methods as much as possible. For example, in addition to a written exam also include an oral interview with students to discuss responses, grading criteria and the final result of the exam.
- When automatic monitoring methods are not apropriate for written exam sessions, professors can divide students into small groups in order to guarantee remote surveillance and avoid excessive bandwidth overloads within a single virtual classroom or meeting (for example: breakout rooms can be a valid option for oral exams and less so for written exams which are more efficient using virtual classrooms)
- Evaluate the technological infrastructure available to professors and students.
- Remember that there are no remote monitoring systems, even automatic ones, that completely guarantee the detection of dishonest behavior.
It is also important to:
- Be reminded of the general values and specific conduct stipulated in the Student Code of Honor.
- Consider the difficulties faced by the student community, which is beginning the Summer session in a climate of profound uncertainty.
- Start thinking about innovative teaching methods (participatory learning, group work, flipped classroom) as well as continuous assessment, especially considering the next academic year.
For these reasons and to ensure compatibility with the priority of teaching activities and remote assessment, the Online Education Office gathers the needs of the academic community and supports all of its members in identifying appropriate and sustainable solutions.