COVID- 19 as the tipping point for integrating e- assessment in higher education practices

Article de revue


État de publication: publié

Nom de la revue: British Journal of Educational Technology

Volume: 53

Numéro: 2

Intervalle de pages: 1-18


Résumé: The COVID-19 pandemic provoked an urgency for many educators to integrate digital information and communication technologies in their educational practices. We explored how faculty members tackled the task of adapting their assessment practices during the pandemic to identify what is required to sustain and favour future quality development and implementation of e-assessment in higher education. Employing a qualitative descriptive approach, we conducted semi-structured interviews with thirty-one individuals six months into the COVID-19 pandemic. We identified four major themes in participants' discourse about the integration of e-assessment during the COVID-19 pandemic: (a) the considerations they had for the potential consequences on students and how they considered this while deciding how to move forward, (b) the preoccupations for the potential for cheating, (c) the importance of pedagogical alignment, and (d) the affordances available to them. While the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the fact that higher education institutions were not prepared for a pivot to- or greater integration of- e-assessment, it also provided the tipping-point to do so. In other words, it offered an unprecedented opportunity to critically appraise and change assessment practices, this opportunity was also a very challenging balancing act of considering the social consequences of assessment, and the alignment within set affordances.