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With the pandemic still raging across the world, organizing exams is challenging. Some universities have resorted to outdoor exams in school yards [1] or even stadiums [2,3]. That’s when weather or air quality conditions allow [4]. Interestingly, taking exams outdoor have also been considered in the past as they make cheating harder [5].

Nearly one year into this pandemic, many countries are still implementing partial or complete closures of universities. Given this context, online exams seem to be on the right track towards preventing large gatherings of students. …

Lessons from an online course amid Covid-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, authorities worldwide implemented the closure either countrywide or localized of schools affecting 91.3% of the world’s student population¹. As of April 1 2020, 194 countries had ordered national education institution closures. Faculty members were left with the choice of synchronous or asynchronous online delivery or a mix of the two modes.

The boom of videoconference platforms such as Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft Teams suggests that synchronous delivery has been favored over asynchronous delivery. …

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