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CWNU’s Grades and Exam Plans for the First Semester of 2021
  • By Jung In-hee, cub-reporter
  • 승인 2021.04.26 08:56
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▲ A test site where sterilization is being carried out. (Source: JoongAng Ilbo)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, social distancing remains necessary. In addition, the recent increase in confirmed cases in Gyeongnam has led to the need for a step-by-step academic management plan to secure student rights to study while staying safe. In response, Changwon National University prepared a new plan for the evaluation of grades and prepared an exam plan to reinforce social distancing in classes. Since these plans implement rules and regulations that are different from last year, students will have to prepare for their tests by familiarizing themselves with the grade evaluation and exam plan for the first semester of 2021.

Last year, a comprehensive evaluation of academic performance was conducted by evaluating students based on certain academic standards. However, the evaluations for grades in the first semester of 2021 uses a normative evaluation strategy that compares an individual's academic performance with that of another student, evaluating his or her performance relative to the rest of the group. In principle, the normative evaluation will be conducted in level 1 or 2 social distancing. In addition, if social distancing is at a level of 2.5 or level 3 for more than a third of the semester, a relaxed normative evaluation will be operated by widening the range for A grades from the top 30% to the top 50%.

The operation of tests was also increased from the level 1 to the level 2 for face-to-face testing. However, in order to prevent COVID-19 infections and maintain social distance, in level 1.5 it is recommended that classes with more than 20 students should use multiple classrooms when holding face-to-face tests. In addition, in level 2, classes with more than 20 students should hold face-to-face exams after getting the permission of the COVID-19 emergency planning committee and use multiple classrooms. In principle, from level 2.5 to level 3 only online tests should be held. In level 2.5, theoretical exams will be operated remotely, and experimental and practical exams will be held face-to-face after obtaining permission from the COVID-19 emergency planning committee. In level 3, all tests will be held remotely.

Jeon Bo-young, a second grade student majoring in food and nutrition, said "The exam evaluations in 2020 resulted in too many students getting good grades. The standards of grade evaluations for students have become ambiguous. It is understandable that the method for grade evaluations has changed to normative evaluations. But the number of confirmed cases is increasing, so it is worrying that some exams will be held face-to-face". In addition, Jung Hyun-jin, a second grade student majoring in food and nutrition, said “There were students who took the test in a dishonest way when the tests were held remotely. The professors made a lot of effort to keep the examinations fair. I'm worried that the method of grade evaluation has changed to normative evaluation, but I'm happy that the tests can be fair”.

Through face-to-face exams, schools should be able to increase the fairness of exams and clearly set standards for grading among students. However, as the risk of COVID-19 infections is increasing, quarantine rules and social distancing should be maintained so that students can take face-to-face exams with confidence in their safety. Student’s right to study and safety should be protected at the same time throughout the changed grade evaluation and exam plans. Everyone hopes that students will check the updated grade evaluation and exam plan to help them prepare for the exams and achieve their academic goals.

By Jung In-hee, cub-reporter  sugar3870@naver.com

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