Note: This is a dynamic information. Every study programme is different and that requires different solutions and advices. New ideas, solutions and advices will be added.
 

The corona crisis has substantial effects on how we can conduct our education. We investigated the potential implications of the present situation on the possibility to guarantee the Final Qualifications of our educational programmes. Also we investigated ways in which, under the current circumstances, measures can be taken to enable students to complete their programme and to guarantee that they have achieved the programme intended learning outcomes. This may imply that alternative forms of teaching and testing are considered and adopted for the time being. The mains questions are: What are issues? What could be possible solutions? What is needed for those solutions?

 Relevant concepts for the discussion:

  • Final qualifications:
    Each programme has objectives and has stated the learning outcomes each student must have acquired upon completion of the programme. For the sake of brevity we will use the term Final Qualifications.
  • Learning outcomes:
    For each module / course, the examiner has formulated the module or course intended learning outcomes that students must have acquired upon completion of the module / course.

 Examination Boards are responsible to assert whether the Final Qualifications are achieved and a diploma can be granted. As Final Qualifications are written on a higher abstraction level, there are  opportunities for making changes in the learning outcomes of a module / course, while sustaining the Final Qualifications and programme assessment plans.

Stakeholders

The stakeholders are:

  • Examiners and teachers, who adopt their teaching as optimal as possible to the current situation.
  • Examination Board, who checks whether the assessment is done in a valid, reliable and transparent manner.
  • The programme management.
  • Students.

Each stakeholder has different ideas, solutions and expectations. In designing solutions, the project group has the following suggestions of agreements and advices.

Agreements

1.      WE EXPLICITLY STATE THAT THE INTEGRITY OF ALL STAKEHOLDERS IS HIGHLY VALUED.

It is essential that examiners and teachers receive sufficient support and freedom to (re)design assessment, in close collaboration with the Programme management (PM).

 2.      EXAMINATION BOARD AND PROGRAMME MANAGEMENT ARE IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH EACH OTHER.

As the Examination Board (EB) has to safeguard the quality of exams and final examinations and to safeguard the organisation and procedures concerning test, exams and final examinations, close contact between PM and EB is essential. Together they are in the lead in making changes to the education, with respect to learning methods and testing. We have confidence in the constructive mindset of all stakeholders in finding realistic solutions. We already hear about interesting initiatives by examiners who trust their students. These ideas are highly valued! 

3.      PM COMMUNICATES ASAP TO STUDENTS ALL DETAILS ABOUT ASSESSMENT.

The major concerns of many students are related to how the assessment is changed and how the assessment of internships and final projects will look like. It is vital that students are informed about this as soon possible. If there are no solutions yet, this should also be communicated. It is important to contact students who have already started graduating as soon as possible. In this way they can see what solutions are possible for their situation. Graduation supervisors are in the lead and discuss their findings with the programme management. 

4.      MAKE USE OF A COLLECTION OF ‘BEST IDEAS AND SUGGESTIONS’ BASED ON CURRENT IDEAS OF TEACHERS, PROGRAMME MANAGEMENTS AND EXAMINATION BOARDS.

It is quite conceivable that in certain situations it is not possible to meet the intended learning  outcomes, which might have as a consequence that the final qualifications can no longer be achieved. To gain insight in those problems, a brief UT-wide inventory has been performed. This gave a good insight in the problems, but also in possible solutions and ways to approach the issues.