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Online open book examination – a novel assessment method in COVID times and beyond

Day: Sunday 28 August
Time: 0930-1230
Venue: Lyon Congress Centre

Presenters: Saurav Sarkar1, Priyadarshini Mishra1, Vinaykumar Hallur1, Mukund Sable1
1 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, India

Background: Due to the COVID19 pandemic, medical schools all over the world shifted to online teaching learning strategies. The challenge however was to assess the students online. The major hurdle of an online exam is ensuring that the students are not cheating during the conduct of the examination. Open book examination is an assessment method which effectively rules out the problem of cheating. This form of examination has been found to encourage deep learning, critical thinking, and decreased stress of examinees, and is in practice in some places in the world. Conducting an online open book examination is a novel assessment method which has not been explored much. This method was tried out at our institute with promising results. This workshop has been conceived to propagate the idea of online open book examination through training of interested medical faculty.
Who Should Participate: Anyone who is interested in exploring assessment through online methods - even in a resource limited set up.
Structure of Workshop: Three sessions of 1 hour each. The sessions will be structured like an air travel experience - take-off, mid air and landing with a preimmigration check.
Intended Outcomes: Participants will be able to:

  • Identify key elements of online open book examination

  • Formulate suitable questions for online open book examination

  • Identify barriers and strategize methods for implementation in self institute

  • Plan and conduct an online open book examination

The paper on 'Open book online examination' has been published in The Journal of Laryngology and Otology in 2021, the experience of which would be shared with the participants.

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