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Using oral assessment to protect academic intergrity in a first-year logic course

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Our first-year logic paper is assessed through three tests. When the tests went online, it became possible for students to outsource their answers, including using internet tools that generate answers. To combat this, all students who do their tests online complete a 5-minute oral assessment, conducted by Zoom, where they are asked about their test answers. I argue that this option provides good protection against academic integrity violations, and can work well even for large classes. Using the zoom waiting room and booked appointment slots I was able to deal with 90 students in a couple of afternoons: this is substantially less time than it would take to mark an additional assignment, and it could be scaled up easily. Students require no special access to technology beyond what they already require for online learning, and no software beyond Zoom. Although the students found the prospect of an oral component initially daunting, it was ultimately popular with students. The option can be couched in a way that doesn’t emphasise distrust of the students, and many students found it useful for their learning. One-on-one interviews also create an opportunity to meet each student, thus improving the lecturer-student relationship, and the cohesion of the paper.
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2022
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