Assessment policy for graduate courses offered in flexible modalities (i.e. hybrid & online graduate courses)
Bentley University offers graduate courses in a variety of flexible modalities that allow students to complete all coursework, including course assessments, remotely as needed.
Assessments in online courses must be administered online.
Assessments in hybrid courses and other online courses with an in-class component must be administered either a) both in class and online or b) online only.
Online assessments that require supervision must use online proctoring.
Students are responsible for the fees associated with the online proctoring service (~$20-30/2-hour session based on rates charged by Bentley’s current online proctoring service, ProctorU).
Details for instructors
Bentley University courses offered in flexible modalities include (as of 12/12/19):
- hybrid courses (which allow students to attend classes and interact with the instructor and classmates either in person or synchronously online)
- exclusively online courses (which allow students to complete the course on their own asynchronously but also include optional synchronous sessions)
- intensive weekend online courses (which allow students to complete some parts of the course on their own asynchronously and other parts of the course either in person or synchronously online).
Types of assessments instructors can use in these courses include (but are not limited to):
- Unsupervised assessments are assessments completed independently by all students, without outside monitoring, including “take home” online Blackboard assignments requiring Blackboard submission of files with answers/papers/projects/etc. (individual or group), online Blackboard tests (timed and/or password-protected and/or allow multiple attempts — or not), online activities available from third-party providers of instructional materials (simulations, quizzes, etc.), and other flexible unsupervised assessment types.
- These assessments are assumed to be “open book” for all students, but careful assessment design can minimize problems with the open-book format.
- To preserve academic integrity, instructors can require students to answer specific academic integrity questions as part of the assessment, use Turnitin Assignments, or enable the SafeAssign feature in the Submission Details of a Blackboard Assignment.
- Contact ATC for details (Blackboard tests – Joe Nezuh)
- Supervised assessments are assessments that require monitoring by the instructor or a qualified third party. These tests can be “closed book,” or can allow additional materials (with supervision). To ensure a flexible learning environment, instructors cannot require campus presence or in-person proctoring for supervised assessments. Supervised assessments in online courses must be administered online, with online proctoring. Even when the course has an in-class component (hybrid, online weekend intensive, etc.), the assessment must be administered either a) both in class and online or b) online only.
- The online assessments should be designed as Blackboard tests. Using non-Bb online exams may also be possible (through third-party providers) – contact ATC for guidance.
- The online tests need to be timed and password protected. The instructor needs to set up these tests in advance. After the test is created (in Blackboard) and registered with ProctorU, the instructor can invite students to take the test. Student can then schedule their own ProctorU testing date/time and pay for the service (~$20-30 for one live proctoring test).
- Contact ATC for details (Blackboard tests – Joe Nezuh; ProctorU – MJ Sanz).