Assessment Design and Integrity in Large Classes

The recent move to online delivery for university classes has posed many unique considerations for all instructors; but the shift has been especially challenging for those teaching large-enrolment courses, as is often the case in foundational and core courses in STEM. Often, a single instructor with little TA support, is expected to instruct and assess hundreds of students. The sheer volume of assessments means that many of these classes have traditionally relied on face-to-face, proctored, multiple-choice tests that could be automatically graded. The shift to online, non-proctored, open-book, forms of assessments means that instructors of these large classes have had to rethink their approach to testing.

In this session, panelists will discuss their experience teaching large, online courses and their approaches to assessments, with a focus on academic integrity, learning outcomes, and managing workload.


Dr. Sarah Elaine Eaton, University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education, is a faculty member and researcher specializing in academic integrity and plagiarism prevention. Dr. Eaton’s research is strongly interdisciplinary and includes scholarly investigations and action research on topics relating to educational leadership, academic integrity, language learning and educational technology.

Dr. Jennifer Stamp, University Teaching Fellow at Dalhousie University is an instructor in Psychology and Neuroscience and is responsible for teaching several large classes (enrollments 150-1000 students). Jen is also the co-creator of the online versions of Introduction to Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie (established in 2013, annually have enrollment of 150+).

Dr. Angela Crane, Senior Instructor, Dalhousie University is the coordinator of, and instructor for, Introduction to Chemistry (enrollment ~1400). Angela is working this summer to convert Introduction to Chemistry I & II to an online format for the upcoming fall term.



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