Alternatives to the Traditional Exam as Measures of Student Learning Outcomes

Updated: Oct 4

Lucinda L. Parmer

Southeastern Oklahoma State University


With the COVID-19 outbreak, instructors across the country scrambled in the middle of the spring semester to move from face-to-face instruction to remote emergency teaching. Over the summer, many faculty have time to rethink their assessment strategies, including exams, as we prepare for the Fall. With the reconceptualization of how we all teach, now more than ever, is the time for instructors to consider alternative exam formats (for implementation inside and outside the classroom).


Using multiple-choice questions for course exams or quizzes that are pre-created from a textbook publisher’s test bank of questions is a common assessment method for testing students over content learned. The main appeal of using test banks is that they ar