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Assessment Quality - Standard 2

Managing academic integrity in eTests

Curtin policy provides specific definitions for different types of eAssessments so that potential threats to assessment integrity can be clearly identified and addressed.

The term eTest refers to a computer based test, conducted online via a web browser or custom interface, to deliver questions and collect student responses. eTests are considered to be summative assessments that assess unit learning outcomes and contribute to the final mark, as distinguished from eQuizzes which are formative. eTests and eQuizzes may utilise the same tool (e.g. Blackboard quiz/test features) but for different purposes.

eTests are further characterised as either Invigilated eTests or Non-invigilated eTests. Invigilated eTests have specific measures implemented to reduct potential threats to academic integrity and assessment integrity. This may involve the presence of an invigilator or the use of a remote proctoring solution to either monitor or record the student's behaviour during the test session. Remote proctoring solutions are not currently available at Curtin. Consequently, all eTests other than those conducted at the Assessment Centre or in a computer lab or facility with invigilators present, are considered to be Non-Invigilated eTests.

Non-Invigilated eTests, in particular, carry potentiual threats to assessment integrity including impersonation, cheating, and content theft. Appropriate steps should be taken to minimise these threats. One such step is to clearly outline the expected conditions for the assessment and the behaviours expected of students through the use of a candidate agreement statement.

All eTests, invigilated and non-invigilated, should incorporate a candidate agreement statement. This is usually achieved by using a multiple choice question with a single response (Yes), the question should not carry any weighting (no marks). Where the system permits students should be prevented from proceeding with the test until they acknowledge agreement with the statement.

The following are templates outlining different types of test environments and student behaviours.

Non-invigilated eTest Closed Book
Non-invigilated eTest Open Book
Non-invigilated eTest Open Resources
Non-invigilated eTest Unrestricted

Managing academic integrity for in-class tests

This template is an example of a candidate agreement statement outlining the characteristics of the test environments and expected student behaviours for an in-class test.

Managing academic integrity in presentations

This template is an example of a candidate agreement statement outlining the expected student behaviours for an online presentation. Students sign the document and upload an electronic copy to either a Turnitin/GradeMark assignment or a Blackboard assignment enabling the marker to use an eRubric for marking during the presentation in class or while viewing the online presentation.