These universities have proven that online exams can work

Study International | March 24, 2020

Many universities are switching to online exams during COVID-19.For one, Oxbridge’s summer assessments are moving online. Over at Imperial College London, 280 medical students successfully completed final-year exams last week. The university says this a historic first for medical studies.If you’re worried about this shift to online exams during COVID-19, fret not. History tell us it’s a pretty untapped area, but there’s potential to be uncovered.Online exams during COVID-19 shows benefits of digital assessmentOnline or digital exams can save lecturers ample marking time. It also saves students the hassle of putting pen to paper to demonstrate their knowledge in an area of study.
According to the University of Technology Sydney, students are also less anxious about online exams as they can first do practice tests online. This assessment model also explores the possibility of automated marking for standardised tests.

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Author of The Future Learners Jeff Selingo takes a look at the role technology has played in shaping the world view of the next generation of higher education students.Institutions need to understand the motivations of these new sets of students and create programs and services to serve them. This process will require institutions to think of students more broadly as learners, who might associate with the campus or its curriculum in limited ways rather than enroll as a full-time student.

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Author of The Future Learners Jeff Selingo takes a look at the role technology has played in shaping the world view of the next generation of higher education students.Institutions need to understand the motivations of these new sets of students and create programs and services to serve them. This process will require institutions to think of students more broadly as learners, who might associate with the campus or its curriculum in limited ways rather than enroll as a full-time student.

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DuPont | November 23, 2021

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Thus, I look forward to supporting the progress of this exciting new collaboration." "Connecting what is being taught in the classroom to Delaware employers is critical," said Luke Rhine, Director, Career & Technical Education and STEM Initiatives at the Delaware Department of Education. "The resources provided through this partnership will support middle school and high school teachers as they build bridges between classrooms and careers for all students. We are thankful for partners like DuPont who share our goals related to STEM- and career-focused education." DuPont is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of people everywhere, inspiring and cultivating the next generation of problem solvers, innovative thinkers, and lifelong learners that fuel discovery. Through this partnership, DuPont is taking a leadership role helping to develop a stronger, more diverse, equitable and inclusive talent pipeline to fill critically needed STEM jobs across the U.S. This partnership also builds on the company's long-standing support of increasing access to STEM education programs that provide hands-on, inquiry-based learning in elementary to post-doctoral classrooms, and the professional learning needed for educators to make these efforts possible. "DuPont is proud to fully fund this new initiative benefiting the Delaware communities we call home. Together with the Delaware Department of Education and Discovery Education, we are creating not only more equitable learning environments in which all students have access to the resources and experiences they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond, but also a deeper, more diverse pool of talent that will drive economic prosperity across Delaware. We are excited to get started on this important work!" Jon Kemp, President, DuPont Electronics & Industrial Supporting this partnership is Discovery Education's K-12 daily learning platform. Facilitating engaging instruction in the classroom, remote environment, after school programs or wherever learning is taking place, Discovery Education connects students and teachers to a vast collection of high-quality, standards-aligned content, ready-to-use digital lessons, and more. These resources, sourced from trusted partners are made available to Delaware's educators and students through Schoology, which is the statewide learning management system, and are aligned to state and national standards to help educators bring the outside world into teaching and learning every day. As part of this new partnership, Delaware's educators will also receive ongoing professional learning designed to help them realize the return on this education technology investment and connect them to the broader Discovery Education Community. This global community of education professionals connects members in school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing, and inspiration. DuPont's support of Delaware Pathways is part of its commitment as the newest member of the STEM Careers Coalition (SCC). The Coalition unites a range of industries around the common goals of empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, fostering and promoting quality education, and building the next generation of STEM solution-seekers with an intentional focus on fostering and improving racial and gender equity. The STEM Careers Coalition seeks to prepare 10 million students for the future of work by 2025 through equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success. 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