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Other Considerations

Considerations for Quantitative Courses that Include Calculations

Exams and Assignments

  • Use a proctored exam service or remote proctoring tools
    • While this approach can expand viable testing options beyond multiple choice by ensuring that test results represent the students’ own work, these services often cost money, require effort to set-up, and may require technology, bandwidth or resources that students do not have. There are also privacy issues to consider with this technology.
  • Ask different types of questions to get at the quantitative thought process, as described in this resource with “special advice for open-book assessment in quantitative courses”:
  • Have students scan/photograph and upload their work through the Assignments tool
    • This approach is relatively easy and low tech, but it requires the “honor system” approach so that students do their own work.
    • You can electronically grade assignments/files that are submitted this way.
  • Explore testing options in Bb Learn
  • Imposing time limits or scrambling problems are options that can be explored to promote academic integrity

Whiteboard Options

  • Here are some resources that you can use to incorporate whiteboards into your online instruction:
    • BitPaper – Home
    • Sharing a Whiteboard - from Zoom
    • Instead of using a virtual whiteboard, you can construct a structure to hold your tablet or phone (often made out of legos), and use the phone/tablet camera to capture you writing with pencil and paper in real time (idea shared by Dr. Eric Brewe - Physics)
    • Using a tablet computer (iPad, Surface, etc.) or a drawing tablet (Wacom, etc) allows annotation of PowerPoint / Keynote presentations to develop ideas from figures or text already loaded on the slide as the camera provides video of your face as you present.
    • OneNote - you can use Microsoft OneNote as a paper log to put typed notes, pictures, and stylus-based hand written notes. The pages can then easily be archived and shared with the class as a shared notepad so they can see the original pages.

Other Resources and References