In order to maintain the quality and standards of education at Kennesaw State University, we offer the following guidelines for faculty planning virtual exams or assessments. Distance education and technology enhanced courses present new opportunities and challenges in the realm of academic integrity. The ready availability of Internet resources, mobile devices, and technology savvy users present new and unique challenges for maintaining the integrity of the work performed. We believe that in spite of these challenges, the virtual environment can be effectively leveraged for learning and assessment. The following guidelines are offered in an effort to help secure the environment, improve student ethical decision-making, and maintain Kennesaw State University's educational integrity standards. The guidelines contain information, strategies, and examples that will help foster academic integrity within the distance and distributed learning environment.
Integrity statements and contracts are valuable tools to establish accountability and responsibility in the virtual exam environment. This section will provide suggestions on how to reinforce KSU student conduct. Included are identity acknowledgements, a statement of conduct, exam contracts, reporting misconduct, and translated examples of academic misconduct in the virtual environment (mobile devices, texting, social media, copy, distribution and public posting).
How an exam is designed can impact the likelihood of academic misconduct. This section provides information about the benefits and limitations of testing in a learning management system (LMS). Included are recommendations on exam structure, results settings and suggestions for length, timing and value of exams.
Is an exam right for you? This section explores alternatives to exams as course assessments. Many believe that the virtual environment may not lend itself as well to multiple choice exams for assessing learning and retention. This section provides a short explanation on assessment types, structures and alternatives for your consideration.
Even with the best planning, there is always a chance something may go wrong. We offer some best practices to protect against the unexpected. Included are contingency plans for technology failure, ways to monitor the virtual environment, suggestions on what to look for, using technology tools and plagiarism detection software, employing sound communication practices, publishing exam timelines, and encouraging whistle blowers.
Is proctoring an exam the right solution? In select cases, an instructor may decide that a high value assessment requires proctor oversight. With a limited space environment, this can prove challenging. To assist with this process, some suggestions are provided on how to choose a remote proctor (qualifications, verification, proctor approval form), consideration on when to require a proctor, cost issues, identification verification options, on-campus versus off-campus options, faculty responsibility, and a college-centric proctoring model.