Alternative approaches for online assessments

Original assessment Recommended format Note
On-paper test
(multi-choice, short answer questions)
Specify a time limit for completion, of online tests and assessments. Make sure the available ‘from’ and ‘to’ date and time is set correctly so that the quiz is not released to the students early.
On-paper, in-class MCQs (teleform/scantron sheets) Specify a time limit for completion, of online tests and assessments. Make sure the available ‘from’ and ‘to’ date and time is set correctly so that the quiz is not released to the students early.
On-paper assignment
(essays)
Canvas Assignment When setting up the assignment, choose the Online submission type and the Text Entry setting. Enable the Turnitin LTI tool by setting the Plagiarism Review option to Turnitin.
In-class group presentation / business case presentation Students upload a video to Canvas as a Media Recordings assignment submission.

Create a Group Assignment and allow either self-selection into groups, a random group selection, or a manual assignment.

Students might collaborate using WeChat or WhatsApp.

They might use Zoom to record their group presentation – Zoom can record their computer screens as they talk – and upload it as a multimedia assignment submission.

Also consider addressing privacy concerns when asking students to record themselves. A consent form might be necessary, which includes a disclaimer that the recording will only be used for the purpose of the assessment.

Physics, Engineering, and Chemistry labs Is there a video of the process? Provide students with data (e.g., from a previous semester) and request a written assessment based on the data. University Media Productions have experience in filming labs for Science and Engineering. See also: Labs and studios.
Math and physics assignments
(a paper assignment – handwritten equations, drawings)
Canvas Online Assignment
(File Upload)

In Canvas, create an Online Assignment submission of the type ‘File Uploads.’ Make sure the available ‘from’ and ‘to’ date and time is set correctly so that the assessment is not released to the students early.

Prepare students in advance to download a document scanning App for their mobile device (e.g., Adobe scan, Microsoft Office Lens or Camscanner)  When students have completed the test, ask them to scan the pages using the app. This creates a single PDF document that they upload to Canvas. Send an announcement when the time is up, but give them plenty of extra time to create their PDF file and upload it. After they have uploaded the PDF, suggest that they check the file by downloading it themselves.

Tutorial Students upload answers to Canvas that would otherwise be answered in the tutorial session. Marks are sometimes awarded for participation, e.g., 1 mark. Suggest giving 1 mark for submitting answers (participation mark), whether correct or not.
Oral tests/exams Zoom web meetings

Host a one-to-one web meeting. Zoom can record the exam if you think that’s necessary. Consider privacy issues with recording students. A consent form/process might be necessary. Provide a disclaimer that the recording will only be used for the purpose of the examination. Be aware that students might be based in different time zones when setting up a meeting.

See more information about oral assessments.

Large-format assessments
(posters etc.)
Canvas Online Assignment
(File Upload)
Students can take a photo and upload it to Canvas. In Canvas, create an Online Assignment submission of the type ‘File Uploads.’ Make sure the available ‘from’ and ‘to’ date and time is set correctly so that the assessment is not released to the students early.
Consider restricting the allowed file types to doc,docx,rtf,jpg,jpeg,gif,png,tif,bmp,pdf