Last Updated: March 9, 2021

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Testing and Assessments Options

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I want to give... I can use...
A pre-test or quiz untimed Google form  to ask questions asynchronously or NYU Survey Service (Qualtrics)
An exam with multiple question types NYU Survey Service (Qualtrics) to create a test with page breaks between questions to save students' work as  they go.
*Paper-based exams Gradescope (Video) (Article)
* Exams that require text and non-text responses e.g. math, formulas, equations, drawing, charts, graphs, etc.
A take-home/open-book exam, not proctored The Assignments tool in NYU Classes to present instructions and attachments. Submissions are uploaded via the Assignments tool.
A large scale, high-stakes exam with proctoring One of these e-Proctoring Tools:  Examity, ProctorU, SmarterProctoring
See note*
Alternative assessments that are not exam-based Alternative Assessment Guide
An automated proctored exam SmarterProctoring is available across NYU and upon request after a brief consultation with your school instructional technologists.
Consider limiting your use of remote proctoring to only those situations where it is absolutely necessary, determine during your consultation.

*Please check with your school to confirm which services are recommended for testing and assessment. Several NYU schools have e-proctoring tools which are used for high-stakes, monitored exams. These services (like Proctor U) are digitally monitored or overseen by a person monitoring remotely or proctored at a testing center.

Automated Proctoring Tool (SmarterProctoring)

SmarterProctoring is an automated proctoring tool available to faculty and students through NYU Classes and NYU LMS (Brightspace). SmarterProctoring allows faculty, course site administrators, and TAs to create automated proctor sessions for NYU's web-based exam platforms. For more information on what SmarterProctoring does and does not do, please refer to the SmarterProctoring Facts Sheet (NYU login required).

Examples of NYU Schools’ Assessment Approaches

We have collected some approaches being used across NYU to encourage ideas and support faculty in assessment decisions, especially under time-constraints and the new reality of remote instruction.

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School Remote Assessment Methods
Faculty of Arts and Sciences

FAS uses a combination of honor-code best practices and technology during remote instruction to frame assessment practices.

 

Resources:

Journal of Academic and Business Ethics Whitepaper for CAS Guidance

CAS Remote Instruction Guide

College of Global Public Health

GPH conducts very limited high-stakes assessments. When needed, the options considered are:
take-home exams, delaying exams to a future date, or open-book exam with available faculty over an NYU Zoom call.

 

Resources:

NYU Classes, Narrative Assessments (Papers, presentations, etc..)

School of Law

During remote instruction, all classes will conduct take-home exams, (except seminar papers, clinical courses, etc.) In a few cases where Proctor U, the online proctoring tool is used, it will be determined if all exams will also remain in the take-home format. Faculty may vote on a pass/fail option.

 

Resources:

Take-Home Exam Guide

Rory Meyers College of Nursing

Nursing is using its own assessment delivery system.

Resources:

NYU Meyers Support Site

Silver School of Social Work

Silver doesn’t conduct any high-stakes assessments. During remote instruction, take-home exams will be conducted at specific times with accommodations given as needed.

 

Resources:

NYU Classes, Narrative Assessments, Quizzes and Tests through Google forms or NYU Qualtrics

Steinhardt

Steinhart combines assessment design and technology.  Qualtrics will be used for some exams (mostly clinical).  Using page breaks between questions saves students responses as they go.

 

Resources:

Assessment & Grading

Stern School of Business

Stern uses a combination of these approaches:
take-home exams, delaying exams to a future date, or open-book exam with available faculty over an NYU Zoom call.

 

Resources:

Learning Science Lab/Remote Teaching

Tandon School of Engineering

Tandon is focused on assessment design choices that minimize the need for proctoring tools while considering staff proctoring, take-home exams (with honor code), oral exams, and Gradescope.

 

Resources:

Guidance for Tandon Faculty and Assessment Options for
Exams, Projects, and Research Papers

Wagner Graduate School of Public Service

Wagner uses a combination of approaches that minimize the need for proctoring that include alternative assessment methods and technology, timed written essay exams, and Pearson MyStatLab for statistics courses. For small groups, Wagner staff use NYU Zoom to proctor tests.

 

Resources:

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Faculty Choices, Student Integrity, and Technology

Faculty choices are at the center of remote instruction assessment, especially an unplanned one. Assessment validates the academic compact between instructors and learners. An abrupt shift to remote instruction gives us the opportunity to return to the fundamentals and reiterate our values and practices. This document synthesizes ideas from several sources into a set of actionable procedures that combine the three central components of remote assessment: faculty choices, student integrity and technology to guide assessment decisions for remote instruction. Please see Academic Integrity for Students at NYU.