Carnegie Mellon University

Eberly Center

Teaching Excellence & Educational Innovation

Designing and Administering Remote Assessments

Although the prospect of using traditional assessment practices for Fall 2020 may be tempting, there are multiple reasons to adjust your approach. Given the context of remote and hybrid education – including the fact that all course experiences will be remote after Thanksgiving break – assessments will need to incorporate remote administration. And with this change in mode of administration, it may also be beneficial to make adjustments to the format and design of your assessments, so that students can demonstrate their learning and you can evaluate their work as effectively as possible. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic is likely to generate complications and stress later in the semester when summative assessments occur. Given this evolving situation and resultant uncertainty, let alone the implications of remote education, course instructors are encouraged to think now about how they might be able to adjust their assessment strategies. 

We know that remote assessment is new territory for many, and we acknowledge that there will be considerable variation in the assessment needs of different colleges and departments. If you would like to discuss particular aspects of your Fall 2020 assessment approach or any other teaching or technology considerations, please email to request a 1:1 consultation.

We offer this set of recommendations for the hybrid/remote modes of instruction taking place during the Fall 2020 semester. It is designed to supplement and extend the existing guidance on Assessing Students’ Learning and Performance from the Eberly Center.

Strategies for Enhancing Academic Integrity in Hybrid/Remote Environments

Promoting Academic Integrity

Remote Proctoring Tools to Support Monitoring/Deterring