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Online conversation on E-assessment

On the 1st of June 2021, UNIMED SubNetwork on eLearning and Open Education held a 90 minutes online conversation as a third activity in a series of “online conversations on digital higher education in the Mediterranean”.

The online conversation was envisaged as part of the UNIMED SubNetwork in eLearning and Open Education, which focuses on enhancing conversations around key aspects of digital education and reinforcing innovative ideas and working practices within the different Mediterranean Universities, while contributing to the developments and challenges of specific themes presented by an expert.

Following the first two online conversations on  Learning communities and Social Networking and  Open licensing and Open Educational Resources, the E-assessment themed event, was presented by Dr. Saida Affouneh, dean Deputy President for Digitalization and eLearning at An- Najah National University in Palestine, who also facilitated the discussion session and took live questions from participants, which included 25 participants from various members of the SubNetwork.

Dr. Affouneh’s presentation included in-depth analysis, a comprehensive overview, best practices, the legal framework, and an empirical and evidence-based presentation on E-assessment for both students and professors. Participants discussed to what degree online assessment is effective and shared good practice tips for its success. A major challenge as well and a debatable point that was raised at the end of the conversation was proctoring and cheating, which opened the space for more discussion.

During the conversation, the reality of online learning was reaffirmed, as well as the importance of building communities of trust among and within learners and educators. Sudden shift in education is indeed an opportunity for educational reform, and that the pandemic has created different communities of learners. Yet, it was also confirmed that assessment remains one of the biggest challenges.

The online conversation was concluded by a broad summary of the discussion, focusing on the importance of “E-assessment”, the need to further integrate and develop the sector, and highlighting that existing good practices need to be shared and implemented.

The key findings of this conversation are recorded in an “online wall” at the address https://padlet.com/unimed/sn_elearning

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