[Experience] Midterm Exams During COVID-19
Offline exams, thoroughly checking body temperatures, and wearing masks, online exam via 4 hours of open-book test…
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Seven weeks after introducing online courses for the first time due to COVID-19, how did Hanyang University proceed with its midterm exams? How were the online and offline exams for students? Our reporter will convey the experiences of various student. However, please take into consideration that it contains subjective content of students’ positions.
Six weeks after the start of online courses, I received an email from a professor from one of my courses regarding the midterm exam. The content was about some worries with problems of online exams and the burden of students at the end of the semester because of the increased scope of the test if midterm/final exams were to be integrated. Therefore, it was informing us about getting student consent to conduct an offline test during week 8. After receiving consent for the midterm exam from all students, the offline exam was carried out with the approval of the department dean and the Infectious Disease Control Committee.
On the day of the exam, about 50 students took the exam for 60 minutes in a large classroom that could accommodate about 190 students. Before entering the classroom, body temperatures were taken using an infrared thermometer to minimize physical contact, hand sanitizer was applied, and mask verification was carried out. Students were seated diagonally for social distancing, and the exam started after students filled out the COVID-19 self-health care questionnaire. When I was notified of the offline exam, I was worried about getting infected with COVID-19 due to lots of people gathering in one space, but I felt the possibility would be very low since the temperature checks and hand sanitization were done for all students along with social distancing measures including wearing masks.
Meanwhile, one course had an online exam with a form of open book test. It was a course with a total of 40 students. The method was downloading the exam questions which were uploaded on Blackboard at a set date and time and submitting the answers on time through e-mail and Blackboard. As it was an online exam, all test questions were comprised of descriptive questions to lower the likelihood of cheating through using the internet and solving problems in coordination with other students. Unlike the usual test format, using analogy and reasoning from what we learned in class was needed. On the exam day, 8 questions and 4 reference papers were available to us. The alloted test time was 4 hours and 30 minutes, which is far more than the 90 minutes of class time, in consideration of online bugs and unexpected situations in writing answers or uploading times. There were no major problems related to not being able to upload or download files, and I was able to finish the exam after having sufficient time to think due to the generous amount of time provided. Cheating was the biggest concern as it was an online test, but because it was a descriptive exam, having the same answers could be prevented.
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Translation by: Park Gyeong-min
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