Final Exams – Term 2

Colleagues,
Please be advised that, as of today, UBC will not be holding in-person final exams for this term. This is in response to growing international concern about COVID-19, and it means that UBC students are free to travel home now and complete their courses from there.

What does this mean for you?

For those of you teaching this term, there are at least five options that you can consider, the guiding principle being to keep the term as “whole” as possible for students:

  1. No final exam held or final exam is optional
  2. Alternate assessment given in place of final exam
  3. “Take home” exam (ie exam-style assessment, but done remotely with explicitly stated wording on academic integrity, currently being crafted)
  4. Online exam (through Canvas, Web Work, etc.)
  5. Online proctored exam (through Proctorio, an online exam with invigilation)

There are pros and cons to each. For example, option 1 may not provide you with enough data points to fairly assess the students. Options 2 and 3 allow for greater flexibility of timing, but academic integrity may be an issue (especially for option 3). This is less of a concern for options 4 and 5 (especially 5), but these should be held during the scheduled examination period. We are open to any solution and encourage you to be flexible and think of creative ways of ensuring (as much as possible) that whatever mark is given fairly assesses student competence and their accomplishment of learning objectives.

Note that any of these options may require a revision of assessment weightings and, in alignment with Senate Policy V130, explicit communications with students.

Finally, if you are unable to devise a suitable alternative, other options do exist. Please get in touch with me to discuss further.

As always, thank you for your continued efforts during these challenging times, and let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Best,

Rob

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