Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges April 2021                             Pp.37-54

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E-Assessment at Jordan’s Universities in the Time of the COVID-19 Lockdown: Challenges and

Rami A. Sa’di
Department of English, Community College of Al-Kharj
Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia
Corresponding Author: 

Ahmad Abdelraziq
Department of English, Princess Sumaya University for Technology,
Amman, Jordan

      Talha A. Sharadgah
Department of English, Community College of Al-Kharj
Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Al-Kharj, Saudi Arabia


Received:  12/24/2020        Accepted: 3/28/2021                     Published:4/26/2021


This study aims to delineate the observations of instructors at Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) in Jordan with regards to online assessment of their students in the time of the Coronavirus lockdown. Specifically, the study attempts to find out whether universities are prepared for online assessment during the lockdown and to probe feasible solutions to the challenges that hinder proper assessment in a virtual learning environment (VLE). As the challenges are determined, the study suggests a number of practical solutions. Data on faculty’s observations were obtained by means of an online survey. Eighty-three faculty members participated in this study. The findings showed that universities swiftly shifted to e-classes during the lockdown but that they were not adequately primed for an appropriate assessment in an online environment. The findings further showed that instructors were skeptical about the efficiency of remote assessment of their students. In addition, faculty members believed there was still a long way to go with regards to (1) the unavailability of reliable software to preclude academic dishonesty; (2) some faculty being unable to assess their students in VLE as it was their first experience; and (3) formative assessment not having been given enough attention. It is concluded that universities should have an exigency strategy for any sudden future lockdowns. This strategy includes, among other things, intensive e-teaching and e-testing training for faculty, high-tech invigilation and plagiarism software, reliable e-learning platforms with sufficient Internet bandwidth, setting up an e-assessment council at the university level.
Keywords: e-assessment, remote assessment, e-test, COVID-19, Jordan, Princess Sumaya University for Technology, challenges and solutions

Cite as: Sa’di,R.A., Abdelraziq, A., & Talha A. Sharadgah, T. A. (2021).  E-Assessment at Jordan’s Universities in the Time of the COVID-19 Lockdown: Challenges and Solutions. Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Special Issue on Covid 19 Challenges (1) 37-54.


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Received: 12/24/2020  
Accepted: 3/28/2021 
Published: 4/26/2021    

Dr. Rami Sa’di is specialized in linguistics, with a special interest in phonetics and phonology.
He also has vested interest in TEFL and educational technology.

Dr. Ahmad Abdelraziq is specialized in linguistics, with a special interest in TEFL and translation. He is currently conducting research in educational technology at Princess Sumaya University for Technology in conjunction with colleagues from the Computer and the
Engineering Departments.

Dr. Talha Shardgah is specialized in curricula and teaching methods. Currently, he is an assistant professor in the English Department at Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University in Saudi Arabia. His areas of research interest are focused on educational assessment and technology integration in education.