IJIET 2021 Vol.11(5): 220-228 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2021.11.5.1515

The Shift to Online Assessment Due to COVID-19: An Empirical Study of University Students, Behaviour and Performance, in the Region of UAE

Liaqat Ali and Nidal Abidal Hamid Hmoud Al Dmour

Abstract—The education system has dramatically changed from physical to online due to COVID-19. Millions of learners around the world have been affected due to the pandemic caused by coronavirus. The emergence of COVID-19 has forced educational institutions to divert all strategies from physical to online platforms for the safety of the students, instructors, and all the other staff members. The processes of examining students and their assessment strategies are heavily affected due to the sudden adoption of online education than physical education at campus. The research in this paper discusses issues relevant to online assessments and the strategies used by the universities due to COVID-19 in the region of UAE. The research collected data through an online questionnaire from 312 undergraduate university students in UAE to understand their behaviour. Furthermore, their performance of online assessment is gauged through the analysis of exams transcripts and comparison is made with their previous GPA and CGPA to understand the effects of COVID-19 on their overall performance. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to discuss issues related to e-assessment and recommendations are made to improve the online assessment process in universities. The research proves that students have benefited from the online assessment.

Index Terms—Covid-19, Corona, e-assessment, university, students, online education.

Liaqat Ali is with the Department of Information Technology, College of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Science and Technology of Fujairah, P.O. Box: 2202, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (e-mail: liaqat22@gmail.com).
Nidal Al Dmour is with the Department of Information Technology, College of Engineering and Information Technology, Ajman University UAE (e-mail: nidal75@yahoo.com).

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Cite: Liaqat Ali and Nidal Abidal Hamid Hmoud Al Dmour, "The Shift to Online Assessment Due to COVID-19: An Empirical Study of University Students, Behaviour and Performance, in the Region of UAE," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 220-228, 2021.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
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