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Indian Higher Education and online learning UPSC NOTE

 Potential of open-book assessments in Indian higher education 

 following the rise of online learning due to COVID-19

  • Open-book exam is a well-proven procedure that evokes learning most constructively.

  •  This allows students to use multiple resources to achieve the desired level of proficiency at a reduced level of stress and anxiety

  • This inculcates ownership of learning and eventually promotes students’ thinking rather than memorising. 

  • Furthermore, it provides increased opportunities for self-awareness and self-evaluation, and prepares students for life by facilitating practice opportunities where all cognitive domains of

Bloom’s Taxonomy can be integrated into problem-solving similar to those encountered in real situations.

  • But it is essential that both teachers and students understand what an open-book assessment entails. 

  • Here, the questions are framed so that the students cannot simply refer to their study material and pick out answers. 

  • Instead, they are required to process the available information, interpret and draw inferences, and write their responses based on their understanding of the concepts. 

  • This cannot be achieved on the spot but requires thorough preparation over time

  • Students have to work hard and prepare in such a way that they not only develop a thorough understanding of the concepts but can also critically analyse it and apply the learning in a different context.

Benefits of Open-Book Exams

  • Open-book exams offer several advantages over traditional closed-book exams

Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Encourages Critical Thinking: Instead of rote memorization, open-book exams push students to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • They need to analyze information from their resources and apply it effectively to answer the questions.

  • Real-World Preparation: Similar to professionals who consult references on the job, open-book exams assess a student's ability to find and utilize relevant information to address problems.

  • This practical approach reflects how knowledge is applied outside the classroom.

  • Reduced Stress: The pressure of memorizing vast amounts of information for closed-book exams can be stressful. 

  • Open-book exams alleviate this anxiety, allowing students to focus on understanding the concepts and applying their knowledge.

  • Assesses Knowledge Application: Rather than simply recalling facts, open-book exams test how well students can use their knowledge

  • This deeper understanding is arguably more valuable than rote memorization.

  • Promotes Deeper Learning: Knowing they can refer to resources, students may delve deeper into the course material during their studies

  • This fosters a more comprehensive understanding of the subject.

  • Second Learning Opportunity: Open-book exams can provide a chance for students to revisit unclear concepts while answering questions

  • This can serve as a second learning opportunity to solidify their understanding.


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