Universities want traditional exams ditched for good and swapped for online versions in radical new move 

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  • Some universities want to continue digital learning despite lifting of Covid rules
  • Universities want to move away from traditional exams, a new report shows
  • It also said that the students experienced less exam anxiety during the lockdown period

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A report suggests that universities plan to move away from traditional examinations permanently after the pandemic.

Some VCs want to continue and even expand the digital tests, lectures and tutorials despite the lifting of the COVID rules.

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Students can receive ‘optional’ online and in-person lectures and ‘fully online modules’, along with face-to-face elements in the future.

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Universities plan to move away from traditional exams permanently after the pandemic, a report suggests

The move is likely to anger undergraduates who are paying £9,250 a year in this term for online and in-person teaching.

The Umbrella Group for Vice Chancellors University UK discussed with 13 member institutions a plan to ‘permanently replace teaching’ and ‘non-examination hall assessments’.

These unnamed universities are already considering how to incorporate the measures from this academic year.

The report said students had experienced new ways of learning in the lockdown and ‘underestimation anxiety’ as exams were cancelled.

But Chris McGovern of the Campaign for Real Education said: ‘It’s deceiving the students who are on the end. Face-to-face teaching will always beat online.’

As per a UUK report, in-person exams were not possible during the lockdown, due to which there were open book exams, quizzes and digital portfolios.

Some vice-chancellors want to continue and even expand digital tests, lectures and tutorials despite the lifting of the COVID rules

Some vice-chancellors want to continue and even expand digital tests, lectures and tutorials despite the lifting of the COVID rules

Staff reported a greater focus on supporting students’ learning, such as designing tasks with real-world and workplace scenarios ‘rather than exercises in memory’ as is the case with traditional exams.

There were also mental health benefits of ‘forcibly moving away from traditional exams’.

The report, Lessons from the Epidemic: Making the Most of Technologies in Teaching, says: ‘Students have reported less assessment anxiety and are more identified with different strengths and approaches to learning.

‘The institutions we spoke to plan to move away from traditional exams permanently and use online assessment more.’

Blended learning – using both online and in-person learning – is ‘where most of the sector is now looking’.

The document further says: ‘Work is being done to consider how blended learning can be used in different subject areas, where individual elements are most needed, and what is more appropriate for digital formats. Is.

‘For some institutions, traditional in-person lectures – where the focus is more instruction than interaction – online lectures are being considered to free up timetables for more in-person tutorials.

Reports say students experience new ways of learning in lockdown and 'underestimation anxiety' as exams were canceled

The report said students had experienced new ways of learning in the lockdown and ‘underestimation anxiety’ as exams were canceled

‘For others, they are considering a mix of online and in-person lectures, in turn, to suit different learner preferences, or alternatively a few full online modules and a few full ones for students to choose between. Looking into onsite module.

‘Different approaches will be appropriate for different subjects.’

Some universities are also considering ‘hybrid learning’, whereby lectures can be ‘viewed in person or via live stream’.

‘A student can decide which option will work best for them, while at the same time with their peers,’ the report said.

Online career fairs will continue, along with virtual open days to ‘cut the cost of visiting campuses by potential students and make them more accessible’.

And online learning can redesign spaces to create more open study and meeting areas.

Dr Peter Bonfield, Vice Chancellor and President of the University of Westminster, who chaired the UUK Roundtable, said that digital learning has benefits for student groups that should be considered and included with those offered by individualized learning. should be done.

He added: ‘While we almost all enjoy and enjoy working and studying as physical communities on campus, it is important that the advantages of face-to-face delivery as well as digital delivery are not lost and are implemented to further improve the student experience and the quality of education offered to them.

‘This sector needs to develop alternatives to blended learning, and will continue to do so because it is clearly in the best interest of students to do so.’

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