Approaches to Online Evaluation in Higher Education in the Emergency Shift of COVID – 19: An Empirical Study of West Bengal

Authors

  • Reshmi Chattopadhyay Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University (Department of Education), Panchanan Nagar, Vivekananda Street, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2892-4224
  • Pronay Sen Govt. General Degree College, Narayangarh, West Bengal, India
  • Pratistha Gurung Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University (Department of Education), Panchanan Nagar, Vivekananda Street, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India.
  • Bireswar Maity Vivekananda Primary Teachers’ Training College, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal -721450, India
  • Sunandita Bhowmik Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University (Department of Education), Panchanan Nagar, Vivekananda Street, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/ijssm.v10i4.57607

Keywords:

Online evaluation, Emergency shift, COVID 19, Validity, Effectiveness, iInstitutional preparedness

Abstract

This paper tried to assess the approaches adopted in online evaluation system during COVID 19 pandemic in higher education. Day to day teaching learning as well as the evaluation system have been significantly affected during the emergency shift of COVID 19. The main objectives of this paper were to study the different practices of evaluation system; its, validity and effectiveness; and institutional preparedness to conduct the whole process of online evaluation. The paper also highlighted the issues and challenges faced by the students during formative and summative evaluation. Self-made online questionnaire was distributed to the college and university students and teachers of West Bengal. Descriptive survey method was used to collect data and simple percentage analysis was used for data analysis. It is found that the system was not ready for the rapid change. Sudden changes made the evaluation system a mess. The summative evaluation followed the same pattern of question papers. Only the pattern of formative evaluation was different. Online media and devices were used rigorously. This emergent shift in evaluation in turn has encouraged students to copy from internet. Unethical issues were present due to the absence of the teachers. That leads to several misconducts and cheating. Higher education institutions followed their own customized system for evaluation. Students’ satisfaction and institutional preparedness were also not up to the mark. It was failed to differentiate between the high and low achievers.

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Author Biographies

Pronay Sen, Govt. General Degree College, Narayangarh, West Bengal, India

Assistant Professor, Govt. General Degree College, Narayangarh, West Bengal.

Pratistha Gurung, Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University (Department of Education), Panchanan Nagar, Vivekananda Street, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India.

Research Scholar. Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University (Department Of Education).

Bireswar Maity, Vivekananda Primary Teachers’ Training College, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal -721450, India

Assistant Professor, Vivekananda Primary Teachers’ Training College, Purba Medinipur, West Bengal -721450

Sunandita Bhowmik, Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University (Department of Education), Panchanan Nagar, Vivekananda Street, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India.

Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Cooch Behar Panchanan Barma University (Department Of Education), Panchanan Nagar, Vivekananda Street, Cooch Behar- 736101. Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India. Phone Number- 9002735087,

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Published

2023-10-31

How to Cite

Chattopadhyay, R., Sen, P., Gurung, P., Maity, B., & Bhowmik, S. (2023). Approaches to Online Evaluation in Higher Education in the Emergency Shift of COVID – 19: An Empirical Study of West Bengal. International Journal of Social Sciences and Management, 10(4), 66–74. https://doi.org/10.3126/ijssm.v10i4.57607

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