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Issues in Educational Research, 2023, Vol 33(1), 207-226.
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Unproctored assignment-based online assessment in higher education: Stakeholder evaluation of issues

Hong Thu Thi Nguyen
Hanoi Law University, Vietnam

This study investigates unproctored assignment-based assessment implementation in an online teaching environment compared to on-site assessment. A mixed-method research approach was conducted with the participation of 284 English-major students, 6 teachers, and 4 experts at a university in Vietnam. Data collection instruments included a questionnaire, in-depth questions, observations, and interviews to examine stakeholders' evaluation of unproctored assignment-based online assessment compared with on-site assessment; differences in students' earning motivation; drawbacks in online assessment implementation; and how to facilitate students implementing online assessment effectively. The quantitative results show that despite the significance of unproctored assignment-based assessment, students gave higher evaluations for traditional assessment, particularly in terms of measuring knowledge, examining skills, and ensuring academic integrity. Online assessment has no different impact on student learning motivation compared to traditional assessment. The qualitative data indicate that various problems in unproctored final exams challenged the effectiveness of assessment practices, such as poor adaptability to the learning objectives; more risks in submission; risks to academic integrity without proctoring, such as cheating, plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, and subjective evaluation; and limited development of skills and practice. Implications for online teaching and assessment are recommended.
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Author: Hong Thu Thi Nguyen is currently working as a lecturer of English at Hanoi Law University. She has taught English for more than 15 years. Her teaching and research areas of interests are intercultural communication competence, English literature, legal English, teacher development, CALL, and English teaching methodology.
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6421-7511
Email: nguyenthihongthu2607@gmail.com

Please cite as: Nguyen, H. T. T. (2023). Unproctored assignment-based online assessment in higher education: Stakeholder evaluation of issues. Issues in Educational Research, 33(1), 207-226. http://www.iier.org.au/iier33/nguyen.pdf

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