How to create fraud-resistant unsupervised assessments

Looking to learn how you can make sure that students do not feel the need to commit fraud? Then read more below! 

1. Guiding principles & background information

2. Prevent fraud during the course (before the assessment)

  1. Make sure that students are prepared for the exam, so they do not feel the need to commit fraud. Have them practice with representative questions/assignments and give them feedback (e.g. model answers).
  2. Inform them of what fraud is, what the consequences are, and which measures you have taken. More information for students on fraud can be found here.

2.1 Overview of measures and their pros and cons during the assessments

2.2 The fraud prevention measures during the assessment are grouped as follows:

3. Prevent fraud in question construction

4. Prevent fraud by creating unique assessments per student

5. Prevent fraud by authenticity and identity checks

6. Prevent fraud by intervening into the course of the assessment

7. Detect fraud during grading

8. What does an exam with question pools look like?

Per learning objective or topic, you will formulate a number of questions at the same levels of difficulty and of the same question type. This pool of interchangeable questions is called a question pool.

Examples of interchangeable questions in the same question pool:

  1. Fill in the blanks, automatically graded using regular expressions: Naming parts of a machine (if the answer can be copied from a book, this is only possible for proctored exams). The machine is different for each question.
  2. Short answer, automatically graded using regular expressions: Writing out the applicable formula for a situation shown in a figure. The situation is different for each question.
  3. Arithmetic question, automatically graded (all or nothing): Calculate the force on a beam in a construction. The construction or the beam is different for each question.

For each student, a unique exam will be formed with randomly drawn questions from the question pools.