Why I Went from Proctored Exams to Open-book

The pandemic encouraged me to re-think the way we can assess student learning in large general education courses. Last spring, the proctoring centers had to close down, and live proctoring with a person at the other end was no longer an option. There was an automated system in place, but there were technical difficulties with the system. I was faced with a decision and felt trying to navigate this new system with over 1,200 students enrolled in the course during a pandemic was not feasible. Thus began my pivot towards open-book exams. Continue reading.