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Robust Assessments

Create and Design

Consider the following when designing tests, including those to be administered at a distance. Be sure to discuss any concerns with the ODL Instructional Development Faculty assigned to your course development project.

Creating Tests and Assessments – Chapter 12: Testing and Assessment Issues of the handbook Instruction at FSU: A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices is a helpful resource that defines assessment types and provides advice for helping students learn from tests. In this chapter, ODL development faculty provide step-by-step guidelines for creating your tests and advice on frequency and timing for best results.

Ensuring Test Integrity and Security – Guidelines on selecting high and low stakes tests, development considerations, availability and time constraints, location selection, online testing issues, security measures and proctor requirements.

Writing Multiple Choice Items – Thirteen simple tips for planning the item, writing the stem and creating response options for stellar multiple choice exams.

You can also use rubrics to help clarify expectations for student assignments other than tests. See our resource Using Rubrics for more information.

Education and Prevention

Plagiarism Exercises to educate students (FSU English Department)

What to Do If You Suspect Plagiarism (see page 154)

Plagiarism Prevention Guidelines for Educators (from ODL)

LibGuides on plagiarism: one from the from FSU Libraries and another from FSU College of Law Research Center.

Promote Academic Integrity

Help ensure academic integrity with the following resources:

  • Include plagiarism statements in syllabi and assignments with

    • a reminder about the FSU Academic Honor Policy
    • a description of how students' papers will be submitted
    • a description of how your department investigates plagiarism and consequences of violations
  • Design student assignments that reduce opportunities for plagiarism and educate students about intellectual property
    See sidebar for resources.

  • Detect text matches in student work
    FSU provides instructors with the use of Turnitin, an external tool for detecting matches in student work that integrates with Canvas. Turnitin checks student submissions against a large domain of materials and can be accessed from within your Canvas course site, where students will also submit their papers. After the papers are reviewed for originality, you (and your students, should you choose) can view the reports. This tool helps instructors create a culture of adherence to the University's standards for intellectual honesty. Read more about the technical aspects of using Turnitin.

For assistance regarding the Academic Honor Policy itself, contact the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement.

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