by Ron Rodriquez
Academic stress is not a new phenomenon in college. High stakes exams and other assessment tools can exacerbate a student’s level of anxiety and discomfort resulting in under-performance and low pass rates. Additionally, online proctoring tools and services have come under scrutiny for privacy invasion, inaccurate monitoring and unplanned technical issues. The pressure continues for teachers to balance the need to evaluate a student’s performance knowing that the evaluation process can be stressful. Is there a better way to evaluate students other than scantrons, paper based tests and unpopular monitoring tools?
Yes! More teachers are turning away from traditional methods to alternatives such as video exams and quizzes because these assessments can provide many benefits to students that traditional exam cannot.
What is a Video Exam?
This assessment utilizes video technology to prompt the exam question. Some examples are: recording yourself asking the exam questions in a familiar classroom setting or creating a computer screencast and presenting the questions on slides with a voiceover. Another popular method is using a video quiz builder.
Kaltura Quiz Builder
UM’s own Blackboard learning system has a built-in feature called Kaltura Video Quiz that allows you to create a video exam. Kaltura has numerous functionalities which allow instructors to customize their exams to meet the needs of their course and the students. In addition to providing video recording technology, the instructor has the ability to choose the question types such as true/false, multiple choice, and short answer. Instructors may also assign independent point values to each question.
To help students prepare for changes with the assessment format, be sure to....