Designing open-book exams: Guidance on the pedagogy


This guide outlines some pedagogic considerations when designing take home offline exams or real-time online exams, both effectively ‘open book’ exams.

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This resource supports educators who are considering the design and implementation of open-book exams. Approaches suitable to open-book exams are outlined, in addition to question formats that generally translate to this context. The OER also contains a concise guide around maximising academic integrity and deterring plagiarism / unauthorised collaboration. Finally, pedagogic considerations for open-books exams in the COVID-19 context at TCD are outlined. A helpful appendix is also linked in the resource, supporting the repurposing of face-to-face exam questions to open book exams.

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