There is agreement that assessments will differ between units, and options include using online exam software that contains specific features to maintain academic integrity, and other methods such as oral examinations (vivas), continuous assessment or an ungraded pass/fail as appropriate. I have approved the funds to purchase an online exam software system to assist with all of the operational needs. It seems to be that the work being done now will be beneficial to us long after this pandemic is over.
I have been inspired by the ideas and the integrity of the conversations this week. However, we are a privileged few, in that we mostly all still have our jobs when so many in our community are suffering dreadfully as livelihoods have been ripped from them. It will be our agility, innovation and collegiality that will see us through this thing, probably not entirely unscathed. Our traditions run deep as does our humanity so let’s keep those less fortunate in our thoughts and lend a hand where we can.
As always, take care. Wash. Your. Hands.
Professor Jane den Hollander AO