Academic Performance, Grade Inflation and Regulatory Exceptions in HE During the Pandemic

by Daniel Toro, Provost, Universidad Tecnologica de Bolivar, Colombia

OUTLINE: The presentation explores the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on academic performance in higher education. Academic performance is measured by the Grade Point Average (GPA), and we focus on its changes in the context of Emergency Remote Teaching due to the pandemic. Results show an atypical effect of the pandemic on academic performance measured by GPA. Results suggest that the effect of the pandemic due to grade inflation is equivalent to 60% of the total change in GPA.


Promoting Quality Student Assessment in Blended Learning with Limited Resources

by Nduduzo Phuthi, Director of Institutional Research and Quality Management, National University of Science and Technology, Zimbabwe

OUTLINE: Faced with the pressure of the COVID-19 pandemic, many higher education institutions successfully minimized disruption and discontinuity of academic programmes through prompt adoption of online and blended learning. However, the same cannot be said of efforts to achieve quality student assessment, typically in situations of limited resources.

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