Designing Ethical Assessment

Minocha, Shailey; Murphy, Victoria and Scanlon, Eileen (2021). Designing Ethical Assessment. In: CALRG Annual Conference 2021, 15-16 Jun 2021, The Open University, UK (online).



The move to remote online examinations during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the adoption of online examination proctoring systems. In this presentation, we will present a review of ethical
issues and controversies around online proctoring. We will frame the problem of online proctoring in our current research programme of ethical use, design and evaluation of educational technologies.

Through a series of case studies and assessment strategies, we will discuss how assessment can be designed in an ethical manner for promoting academic integrity, for reducing academic misconduct,
and to discourage contract cheating and use of essay mills. We will highlight the ethical considerations and pedagogical advantages of designing ‘authentic’ assessment to replace more traditional or essay-based approaches. We will describe how educational technologies could become an essential part of an ethical assessment toolkit.

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